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CVA Blog
Monday, April 27, 2009

Environmental Degradation at Humanity’s Hands

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

1. Cattle Drives Amazon Deforestation
2. Famous Quote – Henrik Tikkanen
3. Going Vegetarian for a Day
4. Bible verse – Romans 1:20
5. Takoma Park, MD Vegetarian Week
6. Atlantic Blufin Tuna Close to Extinction

1. Cattle Drives Amazon Deforestation

According to a study produced jointly by environmental groups and the soy industry, cattle ranchers are responsible for most of the deforestation in the Amazon forest. The study's results indicate that only 12 of 630 sample areas deforested since July 2006 -- or 0.88 percent of 157,896 hectares (390,000 acres) -- were planted with soy. On the other hand, nearly 200 were converted into pasture land for cattle. Brazil is the world's biggest beef exporter and the second-largest exporter of soy.

To read the full article please search online for Cattle, not soy, drives deforestation - report

Animal agriculture is one of the major culprits that degrade our environment by polluting soil, water and air; destroying forests; and creating greenhouse gases. Unless humanity chooses to transition to a plant-based diet, the Earth that God's so lovingly created will be left in ruins.

2. Famous Quote

Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us.
~ Henrik Tikkanen (1924-1984), Swedish-language Finnish author and artist.

3. Going Vegetarian for a Day

What would happen if everyone in the US goes vegetarian for one day? The startling results show that about 100 billion gallons of water would be saved, (enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months), 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock could feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year and 4.5 million tons of animal excrement would no be around to pollute the environment.

To read these and many more statistics please search online for The startling effects of going vegetarian for just one day

Adopting a plant-based diet honors God by showing compassion and reverence to all creatures, to our health and the state of the environment.

4. (RSV) Romans 1:20
Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse;

God's glory can be seen all around us. In every rock, every plant, every animal, every planet... in each of us. The vastness of God's love and deity are obvious in all Creation, so that no one can deny it.

5. Takoma Park, MD Vegetarian Week

Bruce Williams, Mayor of Takoma Park, MD signed a Proclamation officially declaring April 24 through April 30, 2009 as Takoma Park Veg Week. This proclamation encourages residents to choose plant-based foods as a way to help protect the planet, their health, and animals.

To visit the full article please search online for Takoma Park Mayor Declares First City's Veg Week

How encouraging it is that a Mayor recognizes the many benefits of a plant-based diet! Lets hope that many more government officials learn from the example and encourage more people to choose veg options.

6. Atlantic Blufin Tuna Close to Extinction

According to the conservation group WWF overfishing will wipe out the breeding population of Atlantic bluefin tuna in three years unless catches are dramatically reduced. This fish is a favorite of sushi lovers, but growing numbers of restaurants and retailers including Carrefour's Italian supermarkets are boycotting it.

To read the full article please search online for Overfishing to wipe out bluefin tuna in 3 years: WWF

Humanity’s greed it’s creating havoc in God’s Creation. The marvelous aquatic creatures that God so lovingly created suffer tremendously and are driven near extinction. The time is running out to turn things around and step up to the responsibility of carrying out our sacred calling of being good stewards of God’s Creation.

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