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Monday, November 16, 2009

Are We Respecting and Caring for God’s Creation?

1. Eat Local and Lower on the Food Chain

2. Famous Quote – Wallace Stegner in This is Dinosaur

3. Behind Europe’s Cheap Food

4. Bible verse – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

5. The Power of the Ag Industry


1. Eat Local and Lower on the Food Chain

While eating local seems to be widely accepted as a good choice to help restore the environment, eating local animal foods defeats the purpose, since eating local has far less impact on the environment compared with eating lower on the food chain. For example, eating chicken, beef or other animals involves the use of grains and beans that were transported hundreds and thousands of miles. The following are some tips to eat lower on the food chain as well as local:

    * Explore farmers’ markets.

    * Seek out community-supported agriculture (e.g.

    * Take a weekend country drive to discover farm gate sales.

    * Start a backyard or balcony garden; plant herbs on the windowsill.

    * Grow garlic, kale, mustard greens, turnips, cabbage, spinach and Swiss chard outdoors well     

       into winter. A hotbox or greenhouse allows plants to flourish in colder weather.

    * Walk around your neighborhood to find community gardens.

    * Choose local produce at supermarkets and request that they buy locally.

    * Buy seasonal foods in bulk and preserve or freeze.

To read the full article please search online for Love your local fare

2. Famous Quote

"We are the most dangerous species of life on the planet, and every other species, even the earth itself, has cause to fear our power to exterminate. But we are also the only species which, when it chooses to do so, will go to great effort to save what it might destroy."

~Wallace Stegner in This is Dinosaur

3. Behind Europe’s Cheap Food

A new documentary titled Killing Fields: the battle to feed factory farms – produced by a coalition of pressure groups including Friends of the Earth, Food and Water Watch and with European coordination by Via Campesina, – documents the intensive animal farming across the EU, and how the price for this meat is being paid across Latin America. The film shows vast plantations of soy in Paraguay principally grown for use in intensively-farmed animal feed, contributing to social and ecological problems, including the forced eviction of rural communities, landlessness, poverty, excessive use of pesticides, deforestation and rising food insecurity. To read the full article please search online for Killing fields: the true cost of Europe's cheap meat

Intensive animal agriculture is devastating to God’s Creation. It’s sickening people, it’s creating hell on earth for God’s animals and it is destroying the environment. Those who support this industry must realize the extent of its negative effects; hopefully, before it’s too late for the generations to come.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) 1 Timothy 2:1-2

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.

God wants us to willingly pray for peaceful world, and especially for those who lead us. Our Creator calls all of us to actively live in peace and respect all Creation.

5. The Power of the Ag Industry

This article deals with the tremendous lobbying power of the agriculture industry, in this case their efforts against passing legislation to reduce greenhouse gases in their sector. Moreover, with the agriculture industry fully exempt from emission caps, still the farm lobbyist look for even more, such as getting checks from the government through small loopholes that might make it seem they reduce carbon emissions. To read the full article please search online for Betting the Farm.

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