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CVA Blog
Monday, December 24, 2007

Taking Care of God’s Creation: Our Sacred Responsibility

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

1. High Levels of Mercury, Arsenic and Selenium in Fish
2. Famous quote – Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), one of the most influential writers of the
French Renaissance
3. Crusader for the Oceans
4. Bible verse – Luke 1:46-49
5. Meat Plant Burns Gas from Beef Waste
6. Steps to Fight Global Warming

1. High Levels of Mercury, Arsenic and Selenium in Fish: A University of Pittsburgh study, “Contaminants in Freshwater Fish: Toxicity, Sources and Risk Communication,” indicated that mercury levels in freshwater fish were 2.2 to 4.8 times higher in fish caught in the Canadian Lake Erie than in those caught near former iron and steel mills on the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers in Pittsburgh.

Conrad D. Volz, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., principal investigator, department of environmental and occupational health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, expressed his concern by saying “These results indicate to us that purchasing fish from a local market cannot guarantee food safety. We recommend a more rigorous testing program for commercial freshwater fish with particular attention to fish entering the U.S. from other countries.”

To read the full article please visit Store-bough freshwater fish contain elevated levels of mercury, arsenic and selenium

2. "... there is nevertheless a certain respect, a general duty to humanity, not only to beasts that have life and sense, but even to trees and plants. We owe justice to men, and graciousness and benignity to other creatures ... there is a certain commerce and mutual obligation betwixt them and us." ~ Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance.

3. Crusader for the Oceans: This great article features Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, whose mission in to save the oceans' flora and fauna from the seemingly imminent destruction caused by humans. Watson sometimes asks people to imagine the outrage that would occur if someone were to destroy the Vatican or the "Mona Lisa", and then he compares that with the indifference that people exhibit toward the mass extinction of plants and animals. To read the full article please visit A reporter at large: Neptune's navy

Over-fishing and contamination of the Earth’s water bodies have caused havoc in oceans and have driven many species to extinction. The hope resides in people, like Paul Watson, who are willing to take a stand for Creation and protect God’s animals and the environment from humanity’s irresponsible and selfish actions.

4. (RSV) Luke 1:46-49
"And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name."

We should emulate Mary's submission to God's will by showing obedience and walking according to Jesus' teachings. Christ exemplifies for us what reflecting God's love really means: showing compassion, mercy and love to all Creation.

5. Meat Plant Burns Gas from Beef Waste: A JBS Swift & Co. meat packing plant in Nebraska plans to turn beef waste into a biogas to cut dependency on fossil fuels while reducing waste and methane production, which is a greenhouse gas about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

To read the full article please visit Nebraska Meat Plant to Burn Gas from Beef Waste

Reducing waste and turning it into renewable energy is a step closer to sustainability; however, to do so at the expense of the suffering of billion of God's animals every year, raised under extreme confinement and stress in factory farms, reflects the callousness of the meat industry. Consumers should take into account their health, animals and the environment in order to make a better choice of diet. Adopting a plant-based diet helps reduce animal suffering, waste, keeps us healthier and honors God’s Creation.

6. Steps to Fight Global Warming: Greenhouse houses produced by factory farmed animals are no longer underestimated when taking into account how to fight global warming. Factory farmed animals emit about 18% of the global warming gases. Read the 10 steps that all of us can take to reduce greenhouse emission including reducing or better yet, cutting out, meat in our diet.

To read the full article please visit Factbox - Ten steps to fight global warming

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