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- Eating Plants Brings Healing to God’s Creation
December 23, 2013

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

  1. H6N1 Jumps to Humans
  2. Famous Quote: Marion Nestle, Director of Public Health Initiatives for the Steinhardt School of     Education
  3. Meat Decline in the U.S.
  4. Bible verses: Matt. 25:35
  5. FDA Plans to Reduce Antibiotic Use in Farms
  6. This Week’s Video: Antioxidant-Rich Foods with Every Meal

1. H6N1 Jumps to Humans

A 20-year-old Taiwanese woman has been infected with the new strain of bird flu, H6N1, raising much concern in the scientific community since previously scientists had not thought this could happen. This new finding may indicate a pandemic is possible.

Please visit New strain of bird flu jumps to humans

Exploiting God’s animals for food has proven to be disastrous for humans, but we still continue to do it. Virus and bacteria mutate, rotate and combine when animals are confined, such as in animal agriculture operations.
Unless we embrace a vegan lifestyle (doing our best to minimize and alleviate the suffering of all other living beings, humans and nonhumans) our spiritual efforts are thwarted. If we want peace, we should not support violence. If we want love, we should love others. If we want freedom, we should allow all beings to be free. If we don't want others to hurt us, then we shouldn't hurt others. If we want health, we should promote health in others. To embrace a vegan lifestyle to the best of our abilities is to promote healing, restoration and reconciliation. 


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
"Why do we have a milk group? Because we have a National Diary Council. Why do we have a meat group? Because we have an extremely powerful meat lobby."
 
– Marion Nestle, Director of Public Health Initiatives for the Steinhardt School of Education, quoted by Pamela Rice in 101 Reasons why I’m a Vegetarian, 2005, p.74.


3. Meat Decline in the U.S.

The U.S. is the second meat consumer per capita in the word (after Luxemburg) but the trend is losing popularity. Meat consumption has been decreasing steadily in the last decade and meatless meals have been gaining popularity thanks to celebrities, politicians, physicians, environmentalists, religious leaders and business people speaking up about the benefits of plant-based diets.

Please visit Peak meat: is meat consumption falling out of style in the U.S.?

The decline in meat consumption in the U.S. is a very good sign that there’s more awareness about the health, environmental and ethical issues linked to raising God’s animals for food. Let’s keep waking in the direction of compassion, peace and sustainability.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Matt. 25:35
 
“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”
 
Yet, while tens of millions of people die annually from starvation- related causes and close to a billion suffer from malnutrition, 37 percent of the
world’s harvested grain is fed to animals being raised for slaughter; in the United States, the figure is 66 percent. 


5. FDA Plans to Reduce Antibiotic Use in Farms

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a major threat to public health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Agency (FDA) is devising a plan to curb antibiotic use in livestock, where the majority of antibiotics are used. According to the FDA 81% of all the raw ground turkey, 69% of pork chops, 55% of ground beef and 39% of chicken the agency tested was contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The FDA's plan will encourage the voluntary reduction in antibiotics used in livestock.

Please visit FDA hopes to curb antibiotic use in farms

\Antibiotics are used in God’s animals raised for food so they can survive the conditions in factory farms that include intense confinement and filth, where disease is very common. Instead of waiting for pharmaceutical companies and factory farms to voluntary reduce the use of antibiotics in meat, egg and dairy production, we should all stop eating God’s animals. Change starts with us and the effects ripple throughout God’s Creation. 


6. This Week’s Video: Antioxidant-Rich Foods with Every Meal
 
Help your body heal and remain healthy by staying out of oxidative debt. Watch this excellent video by Dr. Michael Greger, who explains how we can maximize our intake of antioxidants.

Please visit Antioxidant-Rich Foods with Every Meal 


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