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Factory Farms: Perfect Vessels to Breed Bacteria
September 9, 2013

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

  1. Factory Farms Are Breeding Ground for Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  2. Famous Quote: Astrid Alauda
  3. Campylobacter Concerns
  4. Bible verse: 1 Cor. 6:19
  5. MRSA Strain Might Have Come From Cows
  6. This Week’s Video: Salmonella in Chicken & Turkey: Deadly But Not Illegal

1. Factory Farms Are Breeding Ground for Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
 
Once again factory farms are the focus of the fast-growing and serious problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and other institutions found out that 37% of workers at factory farms where antibiotics are used have colonies of MDRSA (resistant to several different drugs typically used as treatment) present in the nasal swabs taken from them.

Please visit Factory Farms May Be Ground-Zero For Drug Resistant Staph Bacteria:
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/07/factory-farms-may-be-ground-zero-for-drug-resistant-staph-bacteria/
 
What should we expect from abusing, confining, mutilating and exploiting God's animals? The consequences of our actions against Creation are evident. The good news is that we can turn the tide and help bring healing and reconciliation simply by aligning our Faith with our food.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.” 
 
~ Astrid Alauda


3. Campylobacter Concerns
 
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada the prevalence of ciprofloxacin-resistant Campylobacter in retail chicken is increasing. This concerns scientists because ciprofloxacin is critically important for the treatment of Campylobacter infections in humans.

Please visit Campylobacter Concerns:
http://www.meatpoultry.com/articles/news_home/Food_
Safety/2013/07/Campylobacter_concerns.aspx?ID=%7b5D12F4C6-6342-44D3-B61C-C00416470762%7d&e=MaryFinelli@Comcast.net
 
It’s just not possible to raise God’s chickens by the billions without antibiotics and intense confinement. Of course, the conditions in factory farms are horrendous for chickens, and lead to public health dangers such as the emergence of new bacterial and viral strains as well as antibiotic-resistant bacteria. There is no way to exploit God’s animals without causing much harm to humans as well.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

1 Cor. 6:19
 
The apostle Paul wrote that our bodies are The temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19), and it follows that we should care for our bodies as gifts from God. The largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the United States, the American Dietetic Association, has endorsed well-planned vegetarian diets. In 2003, the ADA noted, “Vegetarians have been reported to have lower body mass indices than nonvegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.”


5. MRSA Strain Might Have Come From Cows
 
A new article published by the American Society for Microbiology indicates that a strain of MRSA —or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—jumped from cows to farm workers over 40 years ago and that animals on farms may be a reservoir for future pandemic outbreaks.

Please visit Human MRSA Strain From Cows:
http://www.pcrm.org/health/medNews/human-mrsa-strain-from-cows
 
Factory farms are the ideal vessels to create new strains of viruses and bacteria that could decimate or even threat the survival of humans on this planet. After all, the consequences of the grave offenses against God’s animals are grave as well. Kindness, on the other hand, might be just what we need to heal the planet.


6. This Week’s Video
 
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are Salmonella poisoned by poultry every year, yet it remains legal to sell meat proven to be contaminated. In this short video, Dr. Gegrer explains the severity of the problem and the lack of action to resolve it.

Please visit Salmonella in Chicken & Turkey: Deadly But Not Illegal:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/salmonella-in-chicken-turkey-deadly-but-not-illegal/


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