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To Eat Or Not To Eat Animal Products?
August 22, 2011

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

1. The Problems with the Overuse of Antibiotics in Factory Farmed Animals

2. Famous Quote – Donald Watson (2 September 1910 – 16 November 2005), founder of the
Vegan Society and inventor of the word “vegan”

3. Plant-based Diets are Nutrient Dense

4. Bible verse – Deuteronomy 10:14

5. Cigarettes and Meat: Are They Similar In Some Ways?

6. This Week’s Video – Gene Baur on Healthy Foods and Protecting Farm Animals


1. The Problems with the Overuse of Antibiotics in Factory Farmed Animals

The overuse of antibiotics in the animal agriculture industry has been a subject of great concern due to the increasing number of antibiotic resistant bacteria strains. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published a new paper that claims there is enough similarity between drug-resistance genes in E. coli carried by chickens and E. coli infecting humans that the chickens may be the source of it. To learn more please visit Is Drug Resistance in Humans Coming from Chickens?
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/06/resistance-humans-chickens/

Government officials, the medical community, the pharmaceutical and animal agriculture industries cannot deny the abundance of evidence indicating that the continuous overuse of antibiotics in factory farmed animals is a serious health threat for humanity. Therefore, unless the consumer takes action, it seems that there might be little response to the problem by groups that benefit from the ag industry. Adopting a plant-based diet sends a clear message: "We care about God's Creation: humans, animals and the environment."


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

"We can see quite plainly that our present civilization is built on the exploitation of animals, just as past civilizations were built on the exploitation of slaves."

~ Donald Watson (2 September 1910 – 16 November 2005), founder of the Vegan Society and inventor of the word “vegan”


3. Plant-based Diets are Nutrient Dense

A new recent study conducted by Eastern Michigan University and published in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, indicates that vegetarian diets offer all the nutrients a human body needs in consistency with dietary guidelines. In fact, the study shows that mean intakes of fiber, vitamins A, C and E, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, magnesium, and iron were all higher for vegetarians than for all non-vegetarians. To read the article please visit Vegetarian Diets Can Be More Nutritious Than Animal Food Diets:
http://veglov.blogspot.com/2011/08/vegetarian-diets-can-be-more-nutritious.html

More good news for vegetarians! Indeed, God’s ideal diet for us as we read in the book of Genesis, is not only healthy, but ethical and compassionate. There is really no substantial evidence that a meat, dairy, egg-based diet is in any way healthier than plant-based diets.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Deuteronomy 10:14

"Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it"

Everything belongs to God and we have been given the privilege and responsibility to take care of it. It is then, when we assume this role, that we embrace a lifestyle that accords with it: a compassionate, sustainable and just one.


5. Cigarettes and Meat: Are They Similar In Some Ways?

J. Morris Hicks, daily blogger at  explains why tackling the "meat" problem can be in many ways similar to tackling the "cigarette" one: through education and raising awareness:
http://www.healthyeatinghealthyworld.com

However, Hicks recognizes the fact that most parents and physicians endorse a meat-based diet (unlike smoking) and cigarette warnings are seen in every pack of cigarettes (no warning in animal-containing foods). This is why Hicks encourages each and everyone to do our part to put an end to animal-based diets. To read the article please visit Remember When Your Doctor Smoked Cigarettes?
http://hpjmh.com/2011/06/23/remember-when-your-doctor-smoked-cigarettes/

Ending the exploitation of God’s animals for food is a goal for which we should all strive. Bringing animal agriculture to an end will help bring a peaceful coexistence of God’s farmed animals and humanity, an increase in good health and vitality in humans, a major step toward restoring the environment, and probably most importantly the aligning of our actions with our inner-values and beliefs.


6. This Week’s Video – Gene Baur on Healthy Foods and Protecting Farm Animals

Gene Baur, co-founder and President of Farm Sanctuary, was interviewed by FOX 5 in regards to the growing awareness about the harmful consequences of factory farming on our health, animals and the environment. Gene Baur did a fantastic job at clearly explaining why agribusiness is so destructive and also why it makes sense to transition to a plant-base diet. To watch the interview please visit Creating Awareness on Healthy Foods and Protecting Farm Animals:
http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/money/creating-awareness-on-healthy-foods-and-protecting-farm-animals-072911


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