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CVA Blog
Monday, February 16, 2009

A Diet Fit to Our Bodies and Our Faith  

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

1. Antibiotics Given to Farmed Animals Absorbed by Vegetables
2. Famous Quote – Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian moral thinker, novelist and philosopher
3. Vegetarian and Overweight
4. Bible verse – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
5. Vegetarian Internet Connection
6. This Week's Video: Vegan A Go-Go

1. Antibiotics Given to Farmed Animals Absorbed by Vegetables

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, nearly 70% of the total antibiotics produced in the United States are fed to farmed animals. Not surprisingly, scientists at the University of Minnesota have discovered that those drugs are absorbed by vegetables such as corn, potatoes and lettuce when grown in soil fertilized with livestock manure.

To read the full article please search online for: Crops absorb livestock antibiotics, science shows

The way humanity manipulates God's animals is causing tremendous harm in God's Creation. Our health is affected, God's animals suffer and the environment deteriorates. We might not know the full extent of the damage that all these antibiotics are causing, but the little we know suggest we need to show more responsibility to the sacred duty we have as stewards of God's Creation.

2. “A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.” ~ Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian moral thinker, novelist and philosopher.

3. Vegetarian and Overweight

Dr. McDougall, physician and nutrition expert, share his concern for people who, out of compassion for animals or concern for the environment, adopted a plant-based diet but not a nutritionally balance one. He believes these people "labor tirelessly to protect the welfare of all animals" but "have failed one important animal: themselves, by not taking care of their bodies and becoming overweight. Dr. McDougall shares some great tips to modify an already vegetarian diet into one that is balanced and healthy for our bodies.

To read the full article please search online for: The fat vegan

In order to be good stewards of God’s Creation we need to find a balance in taking care of our bodies, God’s animals and the environment, ideally not neglecting any of them.

4. (RSV) 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

God is love and we are made in God's image of love. Unless we reflect God's love onto all Creation, our lives will be empty and unfulfilled and will bring no glory or honor to our Creator.

5. Vegetarian Internet Connection

According to the writer, Lauren Kawam, one of the main reasons that more than 300,000 young people across America are adopting a plant-based diet is the internet. The World Wide Web has made it possible to expose to a great extent what is going behind industrial animal agriculture. You tube, one of the most popular sites among young people, become the perfect venue to inspire people to make a lifestyle change, for their health, animals and the environment.

To read the full article please search online for: Vegetarian Internet Connection

6. This Week's Video

Vegan A Go-Go is a video podcast cooking show bringing you fantastic vegan recipes right to your computer. Visit http://veganagogo.com/ and start enjoying delicious recipes!.

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