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The Right Diet for the Environment
Monday, April 18, 2011 Blog

1. A Food Manifesto
2. Famous Quote – John Robbins
3. Meat and Global Warming
4. Bible verse – Psalm 104:10-14
5. This Week’s Video – A Life Connected

1. A Food Manifesto

Mark Bittman, author, New York Times Opinion columnist and Times magazine’s food columnist, has been urging Americans to change the way we eat for decades. In this article, he concisely explains why the highly processed food we eat, commonly laden with animal products, is a recipe for disaster for our health, animals and the environment. He recognizes that government subsidies are part of the problem but also puts the responsibility on the consumer. Bittman rightly asserts that a plant-based diet is the most effective way to restore the health of the planet and its inhabitants. To read the article please visit A Food Manifesto for the Future 

There is no need for more evidence indicating that good stewardship of God's Creation should lead us to adopt a plant-based diet. Exposing the victimization of God's animals, the destruction of the environment and the deterioration of our health due to diets based on animal products helps more people understand why the choice of diet is of paramount importance. We can do this by our example; that is showing compassion, mercy, love and respect for all of God's Creation.

2. Famous Quote

"It is increasingly obvious that environmentally sustainable solutions to world hunger can only emerge as people eat more plant foods and fewer animal products. To me it is deeply moving that the same food choices that give us the best chance to eliminate world hunger are also those that take the least toll on the environment, contribute the most to our long-term health, are the safest, and are also, far and away, the most compassionate towards our fellow creatures."

~ John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution

3. Meat and Global Warming

Animal agriculture is devastating for the planet for it contributes to global warming at alarming quantities. For example, just in Brazil over 75% of methane and over half of deforestation come from livestock. It is appalling that 55 billion animals are killed for food every year around the world, and as a result, their raising has become unsustainable. According to a new study by the UN Environment Programme the quickest and most effective way to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases is by transitioning to a plant-based diet, which would have an immediate effect on climate change. To read the article please visit Is Meat Killing the Planet?: UN says diet change will slow climate change

Christians, upon learning about the catastrophic consequences of animal agriculture on the planet, should be the leaders in the movement to restore the environment. We believe we have a sacred responsibility and privilege to be good stewards of God's Creation, and thus, adopting a plant-based diet should be imperative, aside from being a joy since it shows compassion and love for farm animals.

4. Bible Verse - Psalm 104:10-14

“He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-bringing forth food from the earth."

The survival of all creatures depends on the natural world that God created. We are called to be good stewards of it. By exploiting and abusing our bodies, animals and the environment we are only bringing misery to all and showing disobedience to God.

5. This Week’s Video: A Life Connected

A Life Connected is a superb video that links together diet, human health, the environment and animals. It focuses on the importance of a peaceful and harmonious living among all creatures. Please visit http://www.nonviolenceunited.org/veganvideo.html to watch this video.

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