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What Are People Putting In their Bodies, Temples of the Holy Spirit?
May 7, 2012

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

  1. Grosser than Pink Slime
  2. Famous Quote: William Law (1686 – 1761),  English cleric, divine and theological writer
  3. Arsenic in Chicken Flesh
  4. Bible verse: Psalm 145:9
  5. Raising Vegan Kids?
  6. In the Mood for a Sandwich?

1. Grosser than Pink Slime
 
Most people have heard about the "pink slime" (ground-beef filler) that has shaken consumers although our government officials seem to believe there is nothing wrong with it because they approve it for consumption. Should it surprise us? Not a bit. Just check out the regulations and inspections set for poultry slaughterhouses.

Please read What's Even Grosser Than Pink Slime?:
http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/04/pink-slime-vilsack-USDA-poultry
 
The animal agriculture business is out of control. Ethics, compassion, public health and even respect for consumers have no meaning to this industry. However, as long as consumers keep supporting them by buying their products, the larger and more powerful they get. Christians are called to participate in the reconciliation of God’s Creation. I believe this is possible when we align our faith with our values and choices. In this case, supporting the meat, egg and dairy industries goes against our Christian faith.  


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
By love I do not mean natural tenderness, which is in people according to their constitution, but I see it as a larger principle of the soul, founded in reason and spiritual understanding, which makes us kind and gentle to all our fellow creatures as creations of God.
 
~ William Law (1686 – 1761), English cleric, divine and theological writer 


3. Arsenic in Chicken Flesh
 
Recent news about chicken flesh containing arsenic (a known cancer-causing agent) and other undesirable substances has finally become information that the public at large can access. Although it's obvious that none of these harmful substances should be present in chicken flesh or any other animal's flesh used for consumption, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), still considers this issue harmless due to arsenic’s low levels.

Please visit FDA finally admits chicken feed contains cancer-causing arsenic (but keep eating it, yo!):
http://www.naturalnews.com/032659_arsenic_chicken.html
 
Many unnatural practices such as routinely feeding antibiotics to God's farmed animals, or arsenic or even feeding chicken manure to pigs and cows should be seen as terribly unethical and unhealthy practices, and should have never been defended by the FDA when it’s an agency that should be protecting our health. We are far better off not consuming animal products and instead adopting a plant-based diet that is God's ideal for us (Gen. 1:29–31)  


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Psalm 145:9
 
The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
 
We’ve been created in God's image of love; thus, through Him/Her we are able to show love and compassion onto all Creation. 


5. Raising Vegan Kids?
 
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life-cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes.” However, there are still a lot of myths surrounding vegan diets that are preventing parents from making the decision to raise their kids vegan. Ruby Roth, author of the children's book "Why We Don't Eat Animals", explains why misinformation about plant-based diets is confusing parents and leading them into not adopting a plant-based for themselves and their kids.

Please visit Should Kids Go Vegan?:
http://moms.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/17/11102428-should-kids-go-vegan
 
The Bible tells us that God’s ideal diet for us, prescribed in Genesis, is a plant-based diet. After all, it’s healthy, it instills and encourages compassion towards God’s animals and helps us be good stewards of Creation. It’s a win-win choice of diet! 


6. In the Mood for a Sandwich?
 
Check out this amazing list of 50 delicious vegan sandwiches! From the classics to the fruity you’ll find many that will suit you taste.

Please visit 50 Vegan Sandwiches:
http://vegansoulpower.blogspot.com/2011/02/50-vegan-sandwiches.html


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