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CVA Blog
Monday, July 20, 2009

The Devastating Effects of Industrial Agriculture

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

1. Amazon Destruction by Beef Industry
2. Famous Quote – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), American author, poet, and naturalist
3. The Cost of Raising Dairy Cows in the Desert
4. Bible verse – Philippians 1:6
5. Right Diet for the Environment


1. Amazon Destruction by Beef Industry

A new report by Greenpeace indicates that the cattle industry is the single biggest cause of deforestation in the Amazon as trees are cleared to make way for ranches. The illegal deforestation of the Amazon jungle supplies chains of some of the best known global brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Nike, Timberland, Tesco, BMW, IKEA and Kraft, which are driving the Amazon destruction by buying beef and leather.

To read the full article please search online for Brazilian Beef Industry Blamed for Amazon Deforestation

It's so sad that God's Creation is being destroyed unscrupulously by humanity's desire for profit and taste. We might be getting closer to a point of no return where magnificent habitats like the Amazon will no longer exit. And with its disappearance we'll see the extinction of many species of fauna and flora, as well as the destruction of one of the vastest areas of carbon storage.


2. Famous Quote

 “Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”
~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), American author, poet, and naturalist


3. The Cost of Raising Dairy Cows in the Desert

The tens of thousands of cows at the Al-Safi dairy in Saudi Arabia require enormous amounts of resources not available in the area. The aquifer drilled to provide water for these 38,000 cows, who consume 30 gallons of water each, has run dry, Now, the Saudi government has ordered the grain industry that was also dependent on this water to be phased out completely by 2016.

To read the full article please visit http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105381728


4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Philippians 1:6
 
And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

God is still at work in all of us. We are made in the image of our Creator; and therefore, we are called to be loving and compassionate, just as Christ taught us, in spite of living in a fallen world.


5. Right Diet for the Environment

The term "flexitarian" describes the occasional vegetarian who is helping their health, animals and the planet by eating less meat. This article describes the rising tendency in the UK of people forgoing meat more often than ever. Restaurants, in order to keep up with the demand of plant-based foods, are forced to cater to this rising part of the population. Also, meat-eaters are realizing that vegetarian meals are tasty and varied.

To read the full article please search online for The rise and rise of the vegetarian.

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