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Our Food Choices: Destroying or Restoring God’s Creation?
August 12, 2013

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

  1. Vegan Diet Good for the Planet!
  2. Famous Quote: Barbara Ward, Only One Earth
  3. Ag-Gag Bills Failing Miserably
  4. Bible verse: Colossians 3:14
  5. Deforestation in Paraguay Threatens Medicinal Plants
  6. This Week’s Video - Amazon Deforestation: Timelapse

1. Vegan Diet Good for the Planet!
 
The writing is on the wall: unless humanity moves away from a meat and dairy-based diet much suffering and misery will continue to befall on the planet and its inhabitants. The environmental devastation caused by the animal agriculture industry is indisputable, as well as its contribution to poverty and hunger.

Please visit Environmental footprint o vegan and vegetarian diets 30% lower than non-vegetarian diets, say researchers: "We have to drastically cut consumption of meat and dairy":
http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/Environmental-footprint-of-vegan-and-vegetarian-diets-30-lower-than-non-vegetarian-diets-say-researchers-We-have-to-drastically-cut-consumption-of-meat-and-dairy
 
It’s very clear that the transition to a vegan diet is a survival imperative at every level, including at the spiritual one. Our choice of diet reflects our Faith because it lets us put into practice compassion, mercy and love for all of God’s Creation.


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


3. Ag-Gag Bills Failing Miserably
 
Ag-gag bills are becoming a thing of the past. Just this year, 11 of them have been defeated showing that people want more transparency in regards to how animals are raised for food; something the animal-based agriculture industry is incapable of doing.

Please visit Ag-Gag Bills Bite the Dust:
http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2013/07/ag-gag-bills-bite-the-dust.html
 
As Ocean Robbins says, “People are tired of being tired and sick of being sick.” People are waking up to the realization that raising God’s animals for food is a sickening system for humans and animals, and destructive to the environment. This is why it is no surprise ag-gag bills have backfired and are miserably failing. This is good news for all of God’s Creation.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Colossians 3:14
 
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

If we truly love God and God's Creation, then we should try to alleviate suffering and violence all around us, promoting harmony and joy.


5. Deforestation in Paraguay Threatens Medicinal Plants
 
Livestock and soy crops (largely devoted to feeding cattle) are largely responsible for the vast deforestation taking place in Paraguay. One of the terrible consequences is the loss of medicinal plants that are essential to Paraguayan culture and the health of its inhabitants.

Please visit Cutting Cures: Medicinal Plants under Threat in Paraguay:
http://www.worldcrunch.com/default/cutting-cures-medicinal-plants-under-threat-in-paraguay/health-asuncion-tradition-medicine-vegetation/c0s12719/ 
 
The animal-based agriculture is unsustainable and destructive, and it threatens the survival of many species on Earth, including our own. Moving towards a plant-based diet is by far one of the best choices we can make for the whole planet and all its inhabitants. Embracing a plant-based diet helps us be good stewards of God’s Creation.


6. This Weeks Video: Amazon Deforestation: Timelapse
 
Explore a global timelapse of our planet, constructed from Landsat satellite imagery. The Amazon rainforest is shrinking at a rapid rate to provide land for farming and raising cattle. Each frame of the timelapse map is constructed from a year of Landsat satellite data, constituting an annual 1.7-terapixel snapshot of the Earth at 30-meter resolution. The Landsat program, managed by the USGS, has been acquiring images of the Earth's surface since 1972. Landsat provides critical scientific information about our changing planet.

Please visit Amazon Deforestation: Timelapse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBIA0lqfcN4


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