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CVA Blog
Monday, March 23, 2009

Stewardship of the Earth, our Home 

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

1. Less Meat, Less Greenhouse Gases
2. Famous Quote – Wallace Stegner
3. Veganic Agriculture Network
4. Bible verse – Romans 15:13
5. How to Feed the World


1. Less Meat, Less Greenhouse Gases

A study by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency indicates that cutting back on beef and pork intake could wipe $20 trillion off the cost of fighting climate change. This prediction takes into account farmland that is used to grow extra food to make up for the lost meat, but that requires less area, so some will be abandoned; and at the same time, millions of tons of the greenhouse gas methane would also be saved every year due to reduced emissions from farms.

To read the full article please search online for Eating less meat could cut climate costs

2. Famous Quote

"We are the most dangerous species of life on the planet, and every other species, even the earth itself, has cause to fear our power to exterminate. But we are also the only species which, when it chooses to do so, will go to great effort to save what it might destroy."
~ Wallace Stegner (1909 – 1993) American historian, novelist, short story writer, and environmentalist.

3. Veganic Agriculture Network

The Veganic Agriculture Network is a new movement in North America to promote the production of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and cereals without the use of artificial substances nor the use of animal products. They promote sustainable, low-impact, plant-based farming and gardening. Learn about where to find "veganic farms", or how to be involved as a grower, as a consumer or to participate in discussion groups!

Please visit http://www.goveganic.net/

4. (RSV) Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

In this world of turmoil, hope, joy and peace are vital. By trusting God and following Jesus' teachings, the Holy Spirit guides us so we may glorify God in our daily choices and find hope, joy and peace.

5. How to Feed the World

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a plan to feed the world without contaminating it further by making better use of resources and cutting down on massive waste. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner noted that massive amounts of cereal are fed to farmed animals while people go hungry, that 30 million tons of fish are discarded at sea annually, that almost one-third of all food purchased in the United Kingdom each year is not eaten and that in the US losses and food waste could be as high as 40-50 percent. To read the full article please visit UNEP gives food for thought

Currently, 1/3 of the world's grains are fed to farmed animals and in the US the figure is 2/3. There is no room for greed and waste in God's Earth. As stewards, we need to make sure that our planet and its inhabitants live in harmony while using resources mindfully, taking into consideration our health, animals and the environment.

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