How to Solve the World-Hunger Problem?
January 16, 2012
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- Weekday Vegetarian: An Ethical Dilemma
- Famous Quote: Barbara Ward, Only One Earth, 1972
- World Hunger: A Plant-Based Diet Is The Solution
- Bible verse: (RSV) Proverbs 4:20-22
- Raising Livestock Increases Hunger World-Wide
- This Week’s Video: A Life Connected
1. Weekday Vegetarian: An Ethical Dilemma
Zoe Weil, president of the
Institute for Humane Education, explains
why she wasn't particularly thrilled upon watching the 4-minute TED
Why I'm a Weekday Vegetarian, by Treehugger.org founder Graham
Hill. Hill explains in this short talk why, in spite of having full
knowledge of the devastating effects of animal agriculture on the
environment, our health and farmed animals, he decided to stick to a
plant-based only on weekdays. Weil clearly and concisely raises the
ethical dilemmas associated with this decision and wishes Hill set
better ethical standards for himself and the rest of the people who look
up to him.
Please visit The Ethical Dilemma Inherent in the Weekday
I think Mr. Hill shows weakness of character and dubious ethics in
trying to rationalize his eating of God’s farmed animals “only” on
weekends in spite of having the knowledge of the devastation that
agribusiness causes in God’s Creation. It’s sad that a person who many
people admire for his environmentalist work chooses to let his taste
buds trump his ethics.
2. This Week’s Famous Quote
We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on
the earth as its other creatures do.
~ Barbara Ward, Only One Earth, 1972.
3. World Hunger: A Plant-Based Diet Is the Solution
With a population projected to reach nine billion by 2050, it is
obvious we need to find a better way to feed everyone. A diet based on
meat, dairy and eggs is clearly not the answer because it devotes most
of the land, grain and water to raising animals instead to directly
Please visit Diet change would ease food pressure:
Jesus preached, “For I was hungry and you gave me food.… [A]s you did
it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Matt.
25:35, 40 RSV). Yet, while a billion people suffer from malnutrition,
approx. 40 percent of the world’s harvested grain is fed to animals
being raised for slaughter and in the US alone the figure is about 70%.
Transition to a plant-based diet is the most effective way to reduce
hunger in the world and to allow the poor to have access to affordable,
healthy food choices.
4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Proverbs 4:20-22
“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For
they are life to him who finds them, and healing to all his flesh.”
When we follow God's will, that is the teachings of Jesus on
compassion, mercy and love, we find that they bring healing to us and
the rest of Creation; and this allows us to actively participate in
making this world a better place.
5. Raising Livestock Increases Hunger World-Wide
This article explains very clearly why raising cattle is not the
answer to solve the problem of hunger around the world. The people of
the Horn of Africa raise cattle and other livestock they cannot feed and
water, and cannot even afford to slaughter. Mainly, livestock are their
Heifer International is one of the many organizations that push the
raising of livestock in poor and underdeveloped regions, such as the
Horn of Africa. On the other hand, agricultural economists warn that
this approach is unsustainable because the “land area suitable for
agriculture, length of crop growing seasons, and yield
potential-particularly along the margins of semi-arid and arid areas-are
all expected to decrease."
To read the full article please visit
EDITORIAL: Animal husbandry and the Horn of Africa famine:
Farmed animals raised for food use up much of the agricultural land,
grain and water making animal agriculture unsustainable. As the world
population increases it is evident that unless humanity transitions to a
plant-based diet, the generations to come will experience even more
hardship that what the world experiences now.
6. This Week’s Video: A Life Connected
This superb video shows how a plant-based diet is good for people,
the environment and animals. Please visit:
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