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CVA Blog
Monday, 1 October 2007

Earth: Our Home

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

1. Dealing with Animal Manure

2. Famous quote Donald Watson (1910 – 2005), coined the term “vegan”

3. OFE’s Permit Revocation Reversed 

4. Bible versePsalm 121:1-2 

5. Eco-friendly Youth Rally Led by Pope Benedict

6. Global Warming and Decrease in Polar Bear Numbers

1. Dealing with Animal Manure:  Who is responsible for dealing with the manure generated in factory farms is subject of heated debate. Since animal manure from large farms can end up contaminating water and soil, some think farmers should be held responsible.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are 19,000 concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). About 30 groups, including attorneys general from eight states, local officials and environmental groups, oppose an exemption for large farms that emit huge amounts of manure that can contain ammonia, bacteria, particulate matter and metals such as copper and arsenic.

To read the full article please visit Manure causes stink for lawmakers and farmers  

Factory farming raises animals in overcrowded environments and extreme confinement. Billions of animals are slaughtered every year for their flesh, and the manure they produce has become a serious environmental problem. The fastest and most effective way to reduce the amount of manure generated is to transition to a plant-base diet, which honors God by showing respect and love for Creation. 

2. Veganism denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose; and by extension promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment.”
~ Donald Watson (1910 – 2005), coined the term “vegan” 

3. OFE’s Permit Revocation Reversed:  The Ohio Department of Agriculture reversed the revocation they issued of the operating permits for Ohio Fresh Eggs (OFE), Ohio’s largest egg producer, which had taken over the 14-million-hen Buckeye Egg Farm in 2004. Since October 2004, OFE has been cited 15 times, mostly for manure problems, such as neighbors complaining about fly and rodent infestations. The state revoked the permits last November on the basis that OFE did not disclose that a former owner and “habitual violator” of environmental laws  was still involved in the company’s daily operations. On August 23rd, an environmental appeals panel said the state hadn’t proved that the company obtained the permits by misleading officials.

To read the full article please visit Panel reverses permit revocation  

Confining millions of God’s animals in overcrowded environments denies them their God-given rights. As long as we keep exploiting other creatures, humanity will continue facing growing environmental and health problems related to animal agriculture. 

4. Psalm 121:1-2 
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the L
ORD, who made heaven and earth.”

Whenever we feel low, defeated, in sorrow… we should remember that God, our Creator, helps us and surrounds us with love. 

5. Eco-friendly Youth Rally Led by Pope Benedict:  On the day the Catholic Church marks its annual Save Creation Day, Pope Benedict addressed a crowd of approx. 300,000 people and encouraged them to take action to save the planet. He said, “Courageous choices that can re-create a strong alliance between men and earth must be made before it’s too late.”

To read the full article please visit  Save the planet before it's too late, Pope urges 

Transitioning to a plant-based diet would help restore the environment, given that this diet makes use of fewer resources, contributes to reduce green house gases, reduces soil and water contamination, as well as the use of hormones and antibiotics in farmed animals. Church leaders should encourage their followers to adopt a vegetarian diet as a way to help the planet.   

6. Global Warming and Decrease in Polar Bear Numbers:  The US Geological Survey reported this month that if the prediction of melting ice is accurate, humanity will witness the vanishing of 1/3 of the polar bears by 2050. "Other polar bear populations could survive beyond that date but many of those could be gone by 2100", said Amstrup, who led the research team.

To read the full article please visit Most polar bears could be lost by 2050 - US report 

Animal agriculture contributes to 18% of global warming gases emission. One way to decrease this would be to adopt a plant-based diet.

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