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CVA Blog
Monday, June 23, 2008

Our Choice of Diet: Joy or Suffering for our Health, God’s Animals and the Environment

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

1. The Joy of Being Vegetarian

2. Famous quote John, Pope XXIII, Pope 1958-1963

3. Tyson’s Misleading Label

4. Bible verse Ephesians 5:1-2

5. EU Rejects Import of US Poultry

6. “Green” Kids 

1. The Joy of Being Vegetarian: 
T. Selva, The Star’s Sunday Metro Editor, shares her journey to vegetarianism and the benefits it has brought to her life. She strongly feels healthier, more in tune with her senses, her mind and her soul.

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"Man must never hurt animals, must never ill-treat them nor torture them physically because they are sensitive creatures. If anyone told me that to achieve my purpose it would be sufficient to kill an ant, I would not do it."
~ John, Pope XXIII, Pope 1958-1963 

3. Tyson’s Misleading Label: 
Tyson Foods is rescinding its "Raised without antibiotics that impact human antibiotic resistance" claim on labels of poultry products, given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that they routinely used the antibiotic Gentamicin to prevent illness and death in chicks.

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The consumer should be aware that the labels on animal food products can be misleading. Our choice of diet is an important one for our health, God's animals and the environment.  

4. (RSV) Ephesians 5:1-2

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

As children of God, we are called to reflect God's love for all Creation. Love is something we do for one another and it translates into actions. Love means to give ourselves up to honor God and serve others. 

5. EU Rejects Import of US Poultry: 
Experts from the European Union's (EU.) member states have rejected European Commission plans to lift an 11-year ban on US poultry on imports of chicken treated with chemicals . Even though this will likely create tension between the US and EU, Monica Frassoni, co-president of the Greens/EFA Group said, "Member states made this decision in tune with the opinion of European consumers, who don't want to bow to American commercial pressure and sacrifice their food production standards and rules."

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6. “Green” Kids: 
Raising vegan children in our meat-centered society is definitely a challenge in spite of the great benefits for their health, animals and the environment. However, the information available and the great variety of non-animal products have made it easier than ever to raise a vegan family, which in turn, encourage the innate sense of compassion, and justice that kids have.

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