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CVA Blog
Monday, June 29, 2009

God’s Creation in Peril

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

1. How to Eat Mindfully

2. Famous Quote – Janet Holmes a Court, Australian business woman

3. What Is In Your Grocery Bag?

4. Bible verse – Isaiah 40:31

5. Meatpacking Plant Contaminates Air

6. Cows that Burp Less


1. How to Eat Mindfully

Marilyn Beidler, founder of La Jolla Health Coach and the author of Everyday Wellness: Fifty Simple Steps to Lifelong Health, describes how our choice of diet affects the state of the environment. She suggests eating lower on the food chain and supporting local and organic agriculture in order to minimize raising animals for food, energy used in transportation, and the use of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics among many other things. To read the full article please visit

2. Famous Quote

We have to shift our emphasis from economic efficiency and materialism towards a sustainable quality of life and to healing of our society, of our people and our ecological systems.”

~ Janet Holmes a Court, Australian business woman

3. What Is In Your Grocery Bag?

While the material of your grocery bag is important in terms of environmental issues (it takes over 20 times more energy to produce a paper bag than a plastic one), by far, what is significantly more important (around 186 times more) is what is inside the bag. By comparing energy used to produce, process, transport, store, and cook four servings of two different diets: the first, a meat-based diet that included beef, potatoes, tropical fruit, and drinks such as soda; the second a vegetable-based diet composed of produce grown within the country where is was consumed and a soy-based protein source, the results indicate that the energy saved by a family of four that chooses a plant-based diet for one day would be equivalent to the energy needed to produce 186 plastic bags, or drive the average U.S passenger car over 15 miles. To read the full article please search online for  Paper, plastic, cloth: which is climate-friendliest?

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Isaiah 40:31

"...but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall count up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

We, Christians, live with the hope of the coming Peaceable Kingdom, where God's Creation will be reconciled. This hope gives us strength to stand for what is right in the midst of suffering.

5. Meatpacking Plant Contaminates Air

People in Grand Island, NE, have been enduring the effects of having a meatpacking plant in their city for about 30 years. On of its residents explains, "It almost turns your stomach," ... "It's a burning smell --like burning dead animals. It is atrociously bad." In this case, the smell comes from JBS Swift & Co. meatpacking plant's new digestion lagoon, which discharges high levels of hydrogen sulfide. To read the full article please search online for Concerns raised about odor issues

6. Cows that Burp Less

Cows are responsible for about three-quarters of total methane emissions, a gas that is 20 times more portent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Therefore, Canadian scientists are trying to breed cows that would burp less. To read the full article please search online for Canadian Scientists Breeding Cows that Burp Less

It’s saddening that instead of showing compassion and mercy to cows, humanity is trying to manipulate them even more, as if mere commodities. The most efficient way to reduce greenhouse gases from cattle is to stop raising them for food .

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