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CVA Blog
Monday, November 30, 2009

The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

1. Meatless Mondays for Baltimore City Public Schools

2. Famous Quote – Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

3. Tax on Meat

4. Bible verse – 2 Corinthians 3:5-6

5. Want Healthy Kidneys? Go Veg!

6. Featured Video – Jonathan Foer, author of Eating Animals, during his appearance on the Ellen Show.

 

1. Meatless Mondays for Baltimore City Public Schools

Thanks to the growing awareness for healthier, compassionate and more sustainable foods, the Baltimore City Public School system has become the first fully Meatless Monday school system in the U.S. To read the full article please visit http://www.meatlessmonday.com/baltimore-schools/

It's great news for God's Creation that children are being exposed to a compassionate and healthy diet. Hopefully, more schools around the nation will follow this important initiative. 

2. Famous Quote

“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals.  Animals suffer as much as we do.  True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them.  It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it.  Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” 

~Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

3. Tax on Meat

Philosopher Peter Singer suggests implementing a tax on animal products in order to discourage their consumption such as the taxes on cigarettes that saved many lives – not only the lives of people who are discouraged from smoking as much as they would if cigarettes were cheap, but also the lives of others who spend less time passively inhaling smoke. According to Singer meat-eaters impose costs on others, and the more meat they eat, the greater the costs. Meat-eaters raise our health insurance premiums, increase Medicare and Medicaid costs for taxpayers, pollute our rivers, threaten the survival of fishing communities, push up food prices for the world’s poor, and accelerate climate change. To read the full article please search online for Make meat-eaters pay: Ethicist proposes radical tax, says

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) 2 Corinthians 3:5-6

“Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, 6 who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

God’s covenant with all creation is one of love and grace. God enables us to bear witness of this covenant and calls us to be good stewards of our bodies, animals and the environment.

5. Want Healthy Kidneys? Go Veg!

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN), concludes that a healthy diet helps prevent kidney stones. Loading up on fruits, vegetables, nuts, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains, while limiting salt, red and processed meats, and sweetened beverages is an effective way to ward off kidney stones. To read the full article please search online for An apple a day keeps kidney stones away

This is just one more reason to transition to a plant-based diet, God's ideal; and show good stewardship of our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit.

6. This Week’s Featured Video

Watch Jonathan Foer, author of Eating Animals, during his appearance on the Ellen Show. Foer explains clearly and in a very articulate way the huge disconnect between how people think farm animals are treated and how they are really treated, as well as the devastating effects of animal agriculture on our health and the environment. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYZ7IlWo3BM.

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