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CVA Blog
Monday, May 28, 2007

Our Actions and their Consequences

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

1. Methane Emission by Animal Agriculture

2. Famous quote – Mahatma Gandhi

3. Pollution Locator

4. Bible verse – James 3:17-18 

5. Questionable agricultural practices in China

6. Deadly Fish Virus in the Great Lakes 

1. Methane Emission by Animal Agriculture:  Methane, a global warming gas, is largely produced by industrial agriculture. Environmentalists are trying to bring the attention to this gas emission since this gas is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, just in the US cattle emit about 5.5 million tons of methane per year into the atmosphere, accounting for 20 percent of US methane emissions. Stephan Singer, head of WWF's European Energy and Climate Policy Unit, said "What worries me is the increased methane coming out of the stomachs of ruminants, mainly for increased beef consumption within an increasingly wealthy world. The diet of the West has a big impact on the atmosphere."

To read the full article please visit The heat is on for greenhouse gas methane 

2. "We must become the change we seek."
~ Mahatma Gandhi 

3. Pollution Locator:  The enormous quantities of animal waste that factory farms produce every year in the US, almost two trillion pounds, pollute our soil and water.

To find out the extent of pollution in your state visit . On this site you can also read the latest animal waste report and learn about how you can take action and help protect humans, animals and the environment.

 As Christians, we are called to be good stewards of all of God’s Creation. Contaminating the environment, destroying our health and causing suffering to animals do not honor God, and do not show obedience to our Creator. The transition to a plant-based diet shows love and compassion to all creatures, and helps to restore our health and the environment.

4. (RSV) James 3:17-18:  "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." 

Christ's teachings reflect God's love for all Creation. A love that is compassionate, gentle and merciful. We honor God by helping restore peace and harmony in God's Creation. 

5. Questionable agricultural practices in China:  Among the agricultural practices found questionable in China such as flooding produce with unapproved pesticides, pumping livestock with antibiotics banned in the United States, and using human feces as fertilizer to boost soil productivity, one of the more concerning ones is the practice of frequently suspending chickens pens over ponds where seafood is raised, recycling chicken waste as a food source for seafood. According to Representative Rosa DeLauro, who is fighting the import of such products to the US, said "They need to hear from us they're at risk. Congress has to look at limiting some of their agricultural imports."

To read the full article please visit Chicken from China? 

Agricultural practices in China, and elsewhere in the world, are putting our health at risk and God’s animals through immense pain and suffering. While some practices are more questionable than others, the fact that animals are raised for mass production under extreme confinement should raise a flag in our hearts and consciences. A transition to a plant-base diet would help end some of those practices, would help alleviate animal suffering, and help restore our health and the environment. 

6. Deadly Fish Virus in the Great Lakes:  A deadly Ebola-like virus has been detected in the Great Lakes, US, and fish of all kinds are dying. According to experts the VHS might be the most important and dangerous fish virus known worldwide and its discovery in the US fresh water is disturbing and potentially catastrophic. The United States and Canada try to contain the virus by restricting the transporting of fish and live bait and telling boaters to wash their boats when moving them between lakes.

To read the full article please visit Deadly virus spreading in Great Lakes

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