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CVA Blog
Monday, June 4, 2007

Are We Good Stewards of Our Bodies?

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

1. Dairy Council to End Ad Campaign

2. Famous quote – Mahatma Gandhi

3. New Attitude toward “Mock” Meats

4. Bible verse – James 3:17-18 

5. Bird flu spreading in Bangladesh

6. Response to ignorant attack 

1. Dairy Council to End Ad Campaign:  A national advertising campaign carried by the dairy industry that links weight loss with dairy intake will be curtailed by the Federal Trade Commission because research does not support the claim. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is one of the groups that contested the dairy industry claims. Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University, claimed that “Those ads were ridiculously misleading.”

To read the full article please visit Dairy Council to End Ad Campaign that Linked Drinking Milk with Weight Loss 

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

3. New Attitude toward “Mock” Meats:  Mock meats, imitation of meat products, are gaining momentum in the US. It’s more and more common to find "veggie burgers," "riblets," "Smart Dogs" and "meatless skewers" on a household grill. The reason seems to be the growing interest in vegetarianism, for health and moral/ethical purposes. According to The Soyfoods Association of North America, sales of meat alternatives reached $547 million in 2004 — up $17 million from 2002.

To read the full article please visit Mock meats make inroads 

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. Bird flu spreading in Bangladesh:  Despite great efforts, bird flu is spreading among poultry in Bangladesh. The avian virus has been found in three more farms, close to where bird flu broke out much earlier. About 77,000 chickens have been culled so far from 30 farms since March 22 and approximately 600 workers at the infected farms have been given a local version of the Tamiflu anti-viral drug as a precaution. The virus is known to have infected nearly 300 people in 12 countries since 2003, killing more than half of them. There’s a lot of concern for the Bangladesh economy since about four million of its inhabitants are directly or indirectly associated with poultry farming. 

We might be getting closer than we think to a pandemic that could affect millions of people.  The intense confinement of poultry in industrial farms makes the avian virus transmission easier.  The transition to a plant-based diet would help reduce the number of poultry in farms and therefore would alleviate human and animal suffering.

To read the full article please visit Bangladesh says bird flu spreading  

6. Response to ignorant attack:  Many of you might recall the devastating news of the death of an infant (raised vegan by his parents) and the attention it caught from the media and the public opinion. In fact, what caught the attention of many was the irresponsible and ignorant attack by Ms. Nina Planck, with her article Death by Veganism published in the New York Times on May 21, 2007. Fortunately, the article prompted thousands of letters, and here are the ones that the New York Times published The Vegans and their Children

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