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Animal Products and Their Health Risks
October 24, 2011

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

1. More E. coli Testing in Light of Meat Recalls
2. Famous Quote: Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
3. Eggs Are Not Safe
4. Bible verse: Colossians 3:12-13
5. Vegan Myths Debunked
6. This Week’s Video: It’s the Food



1. More E. coli Testing in Light of Meat Recalls

Due to an increase number of recalls of contaminated meat in recent years the government is expanding its testing of E. coli in meat, in hopes it will hasten recalls and help authorities identify more foodborne illnesses. Even though the meat industry immediately opposed the move, the government ordered to begin testing for six additional strains of E. coli in beef trimmings in March 2012. To read the article please visit Government to start E. coli testing in some meat cuts next year; move will hasten recalls:
http://www.kare11.com/news/health/article/938230/20/Government-to-expand-E-coli-tests-in-meat

The government is once again applying a band-aid on a monumental problem: agribusiness. Although more testing will hopefully unveil how unsafe animal products are, it will do nothing in behalf of billions of exploited creatures. The government needs to stop subsidizing the meat, dairy and egg industries and start promoting a plant-based diet.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

Having the USDA design your food pyramid is like having Al Capone do your taxes.

~ Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn


3. Eggs Are Not Safe

In spite of the numerous violations of health safety at different egg farms in the state of Iowa, the FDA is still failing consumers. Many of the FDA health reports at egg farms show that they do not even meet the minimum federal requirements and that to make matters worse, “information such as the size of rodent infestations, the brand names under which the eggs are sold, and even the names of diseases documented at the egg farms — are blacked out and being withheld from the public.” Moreover, when violations were found none have resulted in fines or penalties from state or federal agencies. To read the article please visit Register investigation: egg farms rack up violations:
http://www.makeourfoodsafe.org/food_in_the_news?id=0425

Egg farms are hellish places for God’s chickens, who live miserable lives until they are brutally slaughtered. It shouldn’t surprise us that disease arises from causing misery to these creatures, after all, we ripe what we sow. Therefore, if we sow seeds of compassion and love, we should ripe peace, healing and love.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Colossians 3:12-13

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Although judging others might come easy, with should refrain of doing so. Instead, we should show patience, kindness and forgiveness as exemplified by Jesus Christ.


5. Vegan Myths Debunked

Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, sorts through the myths surrounding plant-based diets. From protein and cholesterol to B12 and soy foods, Messina explains clearly, based in scientific facts, why a plant-based diet is healthy and easily attainable. Please visit Vegan Diets: Sorting Through the Myths:
http://www.wedge.coop/newsletter/august-september-2011/vegan-diets

For us, Christians, a plant-based diet should be our choice of diet, given that the Bible describes God prescribing a plant-based diet for humans in the book of Genesis. Moreover, plant-based diets show compassion and love to God’s animals as well as helping restore the environment.


6. This Week’s Video: It’s the Food

Watch this short video with a great clear and concise message by bestselling author of The Engine 2 Diet, Rip Esselstyn:
http://www.engine2diet.com/

He talks about the source of disease and also health. Please visit It's the Food:
http://www.engine2diet.com/


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