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Monday, March 26, 2007

Environmental Stewardship

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries.

1. Ethical food might help UK farmers
2. Famous quote – Union of Concerned Scientists
3. Hudson Valley Foie Gras fined $30,000
4. Bible verse – Galatians 5:22-23
5. Animal fat into renewable energy
6. People of faith speak up

1. Ethical food might help UK farmers: Supermarkets are looking into carrying more “ethical food” given their customer’s demand for food products that are local, organic and seasonal, as well as with high animal welfare, and environmental standards. This incentive is likely to help national farmers since already The Fairtrade Foundation provides a consumer label to guarantee disadvantaged farmers in the developing world get a better deal.

To read the full article please visit http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/
newsid/40566/story.htm 

2. “The contamination of the nations’ waterways from [pork] manure run-off is extremely serious. Twenty tons of [pork and other] livestock manure are produced for every household in the country. We have strict laws governing the disposal of human waste, but the regulations are lax, or often nonexistent, for animal waste”
~ Union of Concerned Scientists

3. Hudson Valley Foie Gras fined $30,000: The Humane Society of the United States has won the case against Hudson Valley Foie Gras for violating 800 water pollution laws. The state Department of Environmental Conservation fined the company $30,000 for violations involving the discharge of manure pollutants and building an unauthorized cesspool.

To read the full article please visit http://www.ivu.org/news/veg-news/web.html 

Hopefully, this case will help educate the public of the negative environmental effects of modern animal agriculture and the inherent animal cruelty associated with it.

4. Galatians 5:22-23 “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

We are made in the image of God’s love and we are called to love all of God’s Creation. Showing compassion, concern and love toward all creatures and the environment is a powerful and faith-strengthening witness to Christ's love, compassion, and peace.

5. Animal fat and pig excrement into renewable energy: - Tyson Foods, Inc., the largest US meat company, is developing renewable energy from animal fat. According to Chief Executive Richard Bond, “"(The fuel is) absolutely better than ethanol." Tyson produces 2.3 billion pounds of fat a year as a byproduct of its operations and could potentially start production of the fuel by the end of the year. They are also looking producing energy from poultry litter.

To read the full article please visit http://www.reuters.com/article/
environmentNews/idUSN0723586420070307 

- A power plant in South Korea turns animal waste into electricity by burning about 20 tons of animal excrement a day generated by some 2,500 pigs to produce 30 kilowatts (kW) of electricity, which is enough to power about 100 households. Korea plans to build 20 more power plants by 2008. Denmark and Germany have also been successful in generating power from farm animal excrement.

To read the full article please visit http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/
newsid/40861/story.htm 

Creating renewable resources from waste is moving towards sustainable production; however, when suffering is involved, as in the case of animals raised for food, the plight of God’s animals should be of most importance. It seems that technology is advancing faster than humanity’s sense of justice and compassion. Reducing the number of animals raised for food, reduces the amount of waste produced. This is the most direct and effective path to decrease environmental pollution and animal suffering.

6. People of faith speak up: Religious people from different faiths are taking a stand against the destruction of God’s Creation and are not afraid to speak up. Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and Christian alike are raising awareness on the troublesome human actions that are degrading the environment and its creatures. Religious environmentalism is gaining momentum and as Walt Grazer, director of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops eco-justice task force, says: “We’ve helped people realize that caring for the environment is part of your religious faith as a believer… a way to say ‘yes,’ to say ‘thank you,’ to God.”

To read the full article please visit http://www.emagazine.com/view/?3597&printview 

Caring for the environment also entails taking care of God’s animals. The transition to a plant based diet reduces contamination and the most voluminous cruelty on animals; moreover, it helps us to take care of our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit.

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