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CVA Blog
Monday, January 4, 2010

Animal Agriculture’s Environmental Devastation

1. Researchers Call for Reduction in Meat Consumption

2. Famous Quote – John McConnell, founder of International Earth Day

3. Environmental Devastation

4. Bible verse – Hosea 2:18

5. Brazil to Stop More of the Amazon Deforestation

6. This Week’s Video: Al Gore Speaks Against Factory Farms


1. Researchers Call for Reduction in Meat Consumption

The study published in The Lancet medical journal concludes that a 30 percent reduction in livestock production in major meat-producing nations and a similar cut in meat-eating, would lead to health benefits of the people as well as a reduction of greenhouse gases. To read the full article please search online for Eating 30 Percent Less Meat Good For Health, Planet

Reducing meat intake has benefits for all of God's Creation. It reduces animal suffering, helps reduce the rate of many chronic diseases and helps restore the environment.

2. Famous Quote

"Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure."

— John McConnell, founder of International Earth Day

3. Environmental Devastation

James E. McWilliams, associate professor of history at Texas State University at San Marcos, recent fellow in the agrarian studies program at Yale University and author of "Just Food" explains in this wonderfully-written article why animal agriculture is so devastating for the environment. He says, "[Animal agriculture] is trashing the air, water and soil; causing more global warming than the transportation industry; consuming massive amounts of fossil fuel; unleashing the cruelest sort of suffering on innocent and sentient beings; failing to recycle its waste; and clogging our arteries in the process...] To read the full article please search online for Bellying up to environmentalism

It's appalling how indifferent people can be to the devastation that industrial agriculture is causing to God's Creation. Unless we step-up and take responsibility for our actions, the generations to come will suffer greatly from our selfishness and arrogance. Transitioning to a plant-based diet honors God's Creation.

4.  Bible Verse - (RSV) Hosea 2:18

“And I will make for you a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground; and I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land; and I will make you lie down in safety.”

God reminds us that our Creator’s ideal is a world or peace and harmony among all creatures. Christians are called to be good stewards of all of God’s creation and to participate actively in its reconciliation. A plant-based diet helps us bring healing into this world and spread God’s compassion and love.

5. Brazil to Stop More of the Amazon Deforestation

Cattle ranches that are among the chief culprits of the Amazon's deforestation and Brazil took a step forward in protecting the rainforest by monitor more than 15,000 cattle ranches by satellite. These ranches if identified via the satellite images as illegally claiming forested land to expand their pastures will be unable to obtain a permit enabling them to transport their cattle to slaughterhouses. To read the full article please search online for Brazil Moves to Cut Amazon Destruction by Ranchers

Hopefully these measures to stop the destruction of the Amazon forest will be enforced. However, as long as factory farms and cattle ranches keep proliferating, the need to destroy grassland and forests to make room for grazing animals or to grow crops to feed them will also grow. It’s the transition to a plant-based diet one way that will help humanity help restore God's Creation.

6. This Week’s Video: Al Gore Speaks Against Factory Farms

Although Al Gore has not adopted a plant-based diet, during his appearance on Saturday Night Live (Nov. 21, 2009), he mentioned the urgent need to stop factory farming and start using sustainable agriculture. Hopefully, all his followers will get the idea that factory farming is a huge environmental issue.

To watch the video clip please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yEar70-xFo .

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