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CVA Blog
Monday, August 10, 2009

Our Connection with God’s Creation

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

1. Climate Change Bill Needs Support of Farmer and Ranchers
2. Famous Quote – Bob Brown
3. A Plant-based Diet for the Planet
4. Bible verse – Joshua 1:9
5. Why is there Hunger in the World?
6. Animal Agriculture and Global Warming

1. Climate Change Bill Needs Support of Farmer and Ranchers

The climate change bill being drafted in the U.S. Senate needs the support of farmers and ranchers that have the power to reduce greenhouse gases by meaningful amounts. However, some large U.S. farm groups are opposed to it as well as the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association that will likely be affected by the higher costs of gas and ethanol.

To read the full article please search online for Climate Bill Won't Work Without Farm Role

Global warming is taking a toll on God’s Creation. While animal agriculture is responsible for about 2/3 of greenhouse emissions, it seems that this industry is unwilling to work a solution because their greed trumps ethics. Once again, consumer has the power to take a stand and not support industries that bring misery to humans, animals and the environment.

2. Famous Quote

"There is a spiritual side to our connection with the planet. And in this material world, that's anathema. It is somewhat worrying. What I say.. it makes life. It gives us fulfilment. It makes us whole human beings. And without it, we make mistakes. And, boy, are the leaders of the world making mistakes at the moment."
~ Bob Brown (1944 to present), Australian politician, environmentalist, and a green activist.

3. A Plant-based Diet for the Planet

Mr. Cornish, the writer of this article, highlights the importance of transitioning to a plant-based diet to save the planet. In fact, he believes that giving up eating animals is taking precedence over other environmental or social issues. He refers to high profile celebrities as Paul McCartney and animal activist groups, as well as new movies that address the issue of vegetarianism.

To read the full article please search online for Why flesh is the new fur

4. Bible Verse

Joshua 1:9
“Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Revealing injustice and victimization, and being good stewards of all of God’s Creation requires us to be strong and courageous. Christians can rest assured that God is our loving supporter and encourager throughout it all.

5. Why is there Hunger in the World?

There is hunger worldwide and there have been riots emerging in many countries where people have to fight for food. Among the major causes of hunger worldwide is the increased diversion of corn grain and soybeans to produce meat, while as much as 95 percent of calories are lost in the conversion of grain and soybeans to meat.

To read the full article please search online for Agriculture and Food in Crisis: An Overview

About 963 million people across the world go hunger every day according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). However, just in the US 3/4 of the grain is used to feed farmed animals. Unless we use our resources in a more efficient and compassionate way, we are causing misery to all of God's Creation.

6. Animal Agriculture and Global Warming

Although there is still a great debate on how to curb greenhouse gases, the evidence that animal agriculture is the greatest contributor to global warming surpassing the global transportation sector by a significant margin, is undeniable. The positive effects of giving up meat even just once a week have been studied by scientists who concluded that switching to a vegan diet has a bigger impact than trading in a gas automobile for a hybrid. Results also show that the average American would do less for the planet by switching to a totally local diet than by going vegetarian one day a week.

To read the full article please search online for Gut check: the meat of the problem.

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