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CVA Blog
Monday, 30 July 2007

Our Actions and the Environment

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

1. Turkey Farm Waste into Energy

2. Famous quote Martin Luther King

3. US Religious Leaders Unite to Confront Global Warming

4. Bible verse Psalms 119:60

5. Eating Lower in the Food Ladder

6. Making Cows Burp Less 

1. Turkey Farm Waste into Energy:  The state of Minnesota, which currently ranks No. 1 for turkey production in the United States, produces over a million tons of turkey litter each year. A Minnesota plant that has developed the technology to burn turkey waste and convert it into energy expects to generate about 55 megawatts of electricity each year. The electricity is being sold to Xcel Energy under a 21-year power purchase agreement.

To read the full article please visit Of poop power and gas emissions  

The suffering of God's animals should be taken into account when searching for sustainable forms of energy. As long as compassion and mercy are not extended to all creatures, we are failing to honor and obey God.

2. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King

3. US Religious Leaders Unite to Confront Global Warming:  Episcopal, Catholic, Jewish and evangelical U.S. religious leaders agreed on the need to confront global warming. The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and a former oceanographer, stated that most religious people have reached accord on the need to act. However, Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary said that although Baptists favor environmental protection, "Many of us ... are not convinced that the extent of human responsibility is as it is portrayed by some global warming activists, or that the expensive and dramatic solutions called for will be able ultimately to transform the situation."

To read the full article please visit Religious leaders assert need to act on climate 

Being good stewards of God’s Creation calls us to take care of the Earth. Global warming is a real threat that affects fauna, flora and resources. Factory farming contributes 17% of global warming gases and causes tremendous misery to billions of animals every year. A plant-based diet would help fight global warming and to alleviate the suffering of animals raised for food.  

4. (RSV) Psalms 119:60: "I hasten and do not delay to keep thy commandments."

There’s no real Faith unless there’re actions. We are called to be good stewards of God’s Creation by following Christ’s teachings of compassion, mercy and love. 

5. Eating Lower in the Food Ladder:  Sustainable artist Shawn Dell Joyce explains the reason why it would be more environmentally friendly if humans tried to consume products from the bottom of the food ladder, that is, more grains, legumes, nuts and fruits rather than animal products. She provides the reader with evidence supporting the inefficient conversion of grains into meat when raising animals for food.

To read the article and learn about the sizable list of ecological “costs” of meat production please visit Sustainable living: eating lower on the food ladder 

6. Making Cows Burp Less:  After abundant evidence was found indicating that farmed animals contribute to 18% of global warming gases, scientists are looking into finding the right mix of food that would help cows burp less, and therefore emit less global warming gases. Michael Abberton, a scientist at the UK-based Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, stated that "There is a common misperception about how methane gets into the atmosphere," ... "It is actually through belching rather than the other end," noting that the average dairy cow belches out about 100 to 200 liters of methane each day.

To read the full article please visit

Finding ways to control the emission of global warming gases into the atmosphere, while ignoring the suffering of farmed animals is not consistent with being good stewards of God’s Creation. When we reduce our meat intake, or adopt a plant-based diet, we are actively participating in the reconciliation of God’s Creation by alleviating animal suffering and helping restore the environment.

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