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The Animal Agriculture System Fight Back the Inevitable: More People Transitioning to Plant-Based Diets, Starting with Meatless Mondays
August 13, 2012

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

1. “Meatless Monday” is Unstoppable
2. Famous Quote
3. UCLA at the Forefront of Vegetarianism
4. Bible verse: Isaiah 41:13
5. Big Ag Dominates USDA
6. This Week’s Video: Meatless Monday


1. “Meatless Monday” is Unstoppable
 
The Meatless Monday movement has been steadily gaining momentum and fans. Thanks to the increasing awareness about the benefits of a plant-based diet on our health, the environment and animals, more people are choosing meatless meals at home and elsewhere. Fast food restaurants are also slowly catching up. Subway, Moe’s, Burger King, etc. are offering already meatless options and many also offer vegan options. And as the writer of the article, Ellen Kanner, explains it, it’s all about the power of the consumer: “Very nice, but for the most part, fast food franchises do not act out of love. They do it to accommodate consumer demand. They do it because it's good business to give the people what they want. We're here, we're meatless, get used to it and if you want our money and market share, feed us.”

Please visit Meatless Monday: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-kanner/meatless-monday-chain-rea_b_1624645.html?utm_hp_ref=tw Meatless Monday: Chain Reaction 
 
We are stewards of God’s Creation and if are taking our role seriously, lovingly and responsibly, we are affecting everything around us, including what food businesses serve. After all, when we take a stand against exploitation and victimization, people listen and therefore companies change the way they do business. Every single time a person chooses to adopt a plant-based diet, the world becomes a better place.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
It is a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.  
 
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896), American abolitionist and author. 


3. UCLA at the Forefront of Vegetarianism
                                     
UCLA seems to be at the forefront of healthy eating, environmentalism and ethics. Their experts in different disciplines are exploring how a plant-based diet can solve many of the problems that humanity is facing such as deforestation, pollution, cruelty to animals at an imaginable scale, human health crisis.

Please visit http://magazine.ucla.edu/features/the-vegan-campus/index.html The Vegan Campus
 
There is undeniable evidence that a vegetarian diet is the most effective solution to restore the health of the planet and its inhabitants, and in spite of this overwhelming evidence most people around the world still support the animal agriculture industry. Why do taste, greed and profit still govern most people’s choices of diet? Maybe it is because it’s easier to turn our backs on devastation and suffering than to face them. However, if we want to live up to our role of good stewards of God’s creation we must look deeply within and align our choices with our Faith.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Isaiah 41:13
 
For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."
 
We are made in God’s image; and therefore, our Creator’s essence – which is one of love – is within us. In a world beset of suffering and injustice fear seems unavoidable. However, if we do our best to remain present, mindful and connected to God by living out Christ’s teachings, we see that fear subsides and instead peace and courage overcome us. 


5. Big Ag Dominates USDA
 
Once again the USDA has shown complete submission to the livestock industry; this time by retracting their support to “Meatless Mondays”, an initiative of the nonprofit Monday Campaign Inc. and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, which already thousands of corporate cafeterias and schools have adopted. “Meatless Mondays” countless benefits are obvious to our health, the environment and animals. However, the USDA seems unable to stand on its own for what is right. \

Please visit http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/us/usda-newsletter-retracts-a-meatless-mondays-plug.html?_r=1... Retracting a Plug for Meatless Mondays 


6. This Week’s Video: Meatless Mondays
 
The WHO, WHAT, HOW, WHY, and WHERE on Meatless Mondays:
http://www.humanesociety.org/meatlessmonday


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