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Monday, April 23, 2007


From Animal Misery to Environmental Degradation

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

1. Impact of animal agriculture on the environment
2. Famous quote – Captive Consequences, The Daily Camera 8/2/04
3. Fat to fuel
4. Bible verse – 1 John 3:16
5. Children bear the consequences of some of our actions (or lack thereof)
6. Mega dairy farm pollution

1. Impact of animal agriculture on the environment: A 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) highlights the major negative effects of livestock on the environment, such us deforestation, greenhouse gases, land degradation, pollution, and biodiversity loss. Some of the FAO’s recommendations to mitigate livestock's threats to the environment are restoration of damaged land, sustainable intensification of livestock and feed crop production to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and better management of animal waste in industrial production units.

To read the full article please visit http://www.fao.org/ag/magazine/0612sp1.htm 

The most effective way to restore the health of the environment is the transition to a plant-based diet since it decreases animal waste, usage of natural resources, contamination, deforestation, global warming gasses emission, and the enormous cruelty inflicted on farm animals. Moreover, it shows good stewardship of our bodies, the temples of the Holy Spirit.

2. "Someday we 'rational' humans may finally come to understand that a moment's desire or delight is a weak, even immoral excuse for making other sentient creatures suffer."
~ Captive Consequences, The Daily Camera 8/2/04

3. Fat to fuel: ConocoPhillips, the third-largest U.S. oil company, and Tyson Foods Inc., the world's biggest meat producer, will joint efforts in developing diesel fuel from animal fat. Tyson's half of its annual 2.3 billion pounds of animal fat is expected to be used.

To read the full article please visit http://www.charlotteobserver.com/122/story/88145.html 

It's saddening that the quest for profit leads to ignore the suffering of billion of animals that are raised for food every year. Animal agriculture produces massive amounts of animal waste that pollute our land and water. One fifth of the fossil fuels used in the US go into raising animals for food. To combine efforts to address the "tip of the iceberg" while ignoring the short-sighted practices of industrial agriculture is to contribute to animal suffering and environmental destruction while deceiving the consumer. The transition to a plant-based diet helps reduce animal agricultural waste, animal suffering and helps us take care of our bodies.

4. 1 John 3:16 “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”

Jesus teaches us to reflect God's love for all Creation and in turn love our fellow beings with compassion and selflessness.

5. Children bear the consequences of some of our actions (or lack thereof): According to a new report, 175 million children would be affected every year over the next decade by climate-related disasters like droughts, floods and storms. Children, being society's vulnerable members, would be hurt disproportionately and millions more would be killed, forced from their homes or hit by hunger and disease.

To read the full article please visit http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-climate-children.html 

Sometimes others are affected by the consequences of our actions. It's especially appalling that children are suffering and will suffer greatly due to our failing at taking care of God's Creation. Factory farming contributes to 18% of global warming gasses emissions, to immense cruelty to animals and to health decline. A plant-based diet helps as to be good stewards of all of God's Creation: our health, animals and the environment.

6. Mega dairy farm pollution: Nearly 20 additional violations, committed by Wright Township dairy operation, which houses 6,000 cows, were reported since January. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality filed a contempt of court action against the dairy farm for violations of a 2004 agreement regarding prior charges. Angry and frustrated neighbors complain of health problems (headaches, sinus problems), waste polluting the soil and water, and the terrible smell they have to endure.

To read the full article please visit http://www.hillsdale.net/stories/040307/news_
20070403006.shtml 

There is vast evidence that dairy farms greatly pollute our environment and contribute to a myriad of health problems. The article, however, doesn't raise the issue of animal suffering and the conditions the cows and their calves must endure. A plant-based diet helps alleviate animal suffering, and restore our health and the environment.

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