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CVA Blog
Monday, December 22, 2008

God’s Creation in Our Hands 

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

1. Poultry Industry Pollution
2. Famous quote – David Orr
3. More Meat, More Greenhouse Gases
4. Bible verse – 1 John 2:15-16
5. Video - Skinny Bitch author, Rory Freedman

1. Poultry Industry Pollution

In the state of Maryland, the poultry industry produces 650 million pounds of chicken manure every year and this has sparked a fierce debate between environmentalists and them. Gerald W. Winegrad, a public policy professor at the University of Maryland and former state senator said, “We don’t let hog or dairy farms spread their waste unregulated, and we wouldn’t let a town of 25,000 people dump human manure untreated on open lands,” ... “So why should we allow a farm with 150,000 chickens do it?”. This manure has already contaminated the Chesapeake bay and as the phosphorous and nitrogen levels in the bay have grown, so have the algae that deplete oxygen needed by other aquatic life, which has led to a crab population fall of 70 percent.

To read the full article please search online for:  In Maryland, focus on poultry industry pollution

The manure produces by animal agriculture goes largely unregulated and is creating havoc in God's Creation, damaging our flora, fauna and many essential resources such as water and air. By adopting a plant-based diet we help reduce the number of birds raised for food, and therefore, reduce the pollution produced by their manure.

2. "When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves." David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont.

3. More Meat, More Greenhouse Gases

This New York Times article highlights the huge problem that industrial agriculture is causing to the environment as it is one of the biggest contributors of global warming gases among other things. Meat consumption is supposed to double by 2050 and it is now that policy makers, farmers and scientists are trying to come up with solutions. Researchers are heating up pig manure to capture the methane trapped within it, and then use the gas to make electricity for the local power grid. Others are encouraging people to stop eating meat or at least reduce their meat intake.

To read the full article please search online for: As more eat meat, a bid to cut emissions

Industrial agriculture is causing tremendous damage that to God's Creation. Suffering, diseases, environmental degradation... This madness is not going to stop until we realize that God's animals deserve our compassion and mercy, and that most of us can live a fulfilling life without eating them.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) 1 John 2:15-16
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.

Love for earthly pleasures or power are just temporary and do not fill our hearts. However, if we indeed reflect God's love in us onto all Creation, our hearts will find eternal fulfillment.

5. This Week’s Video

Skinny Bitch author, Rory Freedman, shares five good reasons to go vegan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4jsKZ_o28Q .

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