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CVA Blog
Monday, November 19, 2007

The Food We Eat

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

1. What’s in Their Feed? 

2. Famous quote Steve Bjerklie, Executive Director, Meat Processing magazine

3. Bird Flu Strain Found in Canada

4. Bible verse 1 John 2:15-16 

5. Meat Industry Lacks Enough Inspectors

6. Salads More Expensive than Hamburgers

1. What’s in Their Feed?  Due to the increase in corn prices, farmers are adding very unusual products to their animals’ feed: trail mix, cookies, licorice, cheese curls, candy bars, French fries, frosted wheat cereal, peanut-butter cups and hash browns. This diet fattens animals easily and quickly. The trend is so widespread that some farmers, like Cevin Jones of Intermountain Beef, who is struggling to feed his 12,000 cattle in light of higher feed costs, is using 100% byproducts, including French fries, Tater Tots and potato peels.

To read the full article please visit With corn prices rising, pigs switch to fatty snacks

Feeding God’s animals a diet, to which they weren’t design to eat, goes against their nature; and therefore God’s ideal plan. Fattening animals so they grow faster than nature intended brings misery to them and to us, since what we feed them ends up in our bodies and increases the rate of many diseases.  

2. “Nearly every food consumers buy in supermarkets and order in restaurants can be eaten with certainty of its safety – except for meat and poultry products.”
~ Steve Bjerklie, Executive Director, Meat Processing magazine

3. Bird Flu Strain Found in Canada:  Last month, Canadian veterinary officials confirmed they found the H7N3 strain of avian influenza on a Saskatchewan chicken farm; however, they emphasized that this strain is not normally associated with human illness, unlike H5N1 virus that has been linked to human illness in Asia and other parts of the world. In order to prevent an outbreak, 45,000 chickens were killed and buried.

To read the full article please visit Canada finds bird flu strain on western farm

Once again, the extreme confinement under which poultry is raised makes an ideal venue for transmittal of diseases. When we cause misery to God's animals, we cause misery to humanity as well.

4. (RSV) 1 John 2:15-16 
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world."

Focusing on earthly desires might make us lose focus on God's plan for us. We begin thinking that earthly things can fulfill our body, mind, and soul needs, leaving us empty and unsatisfied. 

5. Meat Industry Lacks Enough Inspectors:  The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which regulates meat (including poultry) and egg production is seriously overworking their meat inspectors due to the at least 1,000 vacancies that need to be filled. One veteran inspector said, "We don't have enough inspectors, but we have too much management. The inspectors are short all the time and getting spread thinner and thinner." Another said, "They [meatpacking companies] write their own plan,"… "They write everything for themselves. We're 'monitoring' that now. It's just a joke. We mostly check paper now. You can put anything you want on paper."

To read the full article please visit Food inspectors overwhelmed

It is no surprise that the mass processing of meat products, and the lack of enough inspectors, has lead to contaminated animal products allowed to reach the public. The meat industry slaughters 12 billion animals every year in the US, causing unimaginable suffering to God's animals, polluting the environment and contributing with human health deterioration. Adopting a plant-based diet would help solve many of these problems.  

6. Salads More Expensive than Hamburgers:  The Farm Bill governs what children are fed in schools and what food assistance programs can distribute to recipients. The bill provides billions of dollars in subsidies; however, most of its support goes to the production of meat and dairy products by giving more than 70% of subsidies to those industries. On the other hand, fruit and vegetable farmers receive less than 1% of government subsidies.

To learn more about this Bill please visit Health vs. Pork: Congress debates the Farm Bill

It’s no wonder that some diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer and stokes, among many others, are on the rise in the US and other countries were the typical diet is heavily based on animal products. The government, which has the power to support industries that promote health and compassion toward animals, chooses to support those that bring misery to humanity and animals. Sadly, greed, power and profit drive many industries as well as the US government in this case.  

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