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Monday, December 7, 2009

A Call To Restore the Health of the Environment

1. Swordfish toward Extinction
2. Famous Quote – Julia Butterfly Hill
3. Tax on Meat
4. Bible verse – John 6:35
5. Tackling the Factory Farming Problem

1. Swordfish toward Extinction

According to the European Union (EU), the swordfish now ranks as one of the Mediterranean's most vulnerable species due to direct commercial fishing and to incidental catches in other fishing operations. The EU and ICCAT (the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) are working together to develop a plan in order to prevent the "by-catch" of swordfish by vessels that are supposed to be fishing for other species.

To read the full article please search online for EU offers plan to protect falling swordfish stocks

Industrial fishing (legal and illegal) has been depleting our oceans. As long as the demand for fish continues, we'll be participating in the destruction of God's aquatic creatures. 

2. Famous Quote

"The question is not 'can you make a difference?' You already do make a difference. It's just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make, during your life on this planet." ~ Julia Butterfly Hill (1974 to present), American activist and environmentalist

3. Tax on Meat

Philosopher Peter Singer suggests implementing a tax on animal products in order to discourage their consumption such as the taxes on cigarettes that saved many lives – not only the lives of people who are discouraged from smoking as much as they would if cigarettes were cheap, but also the lives of others who spend less time passively inhaling smoke. According to Singer meat-eaters impose costs on others, and the more meat they eat, the greater the costs. Meat-eaters raise our health insurance premiums, increase Medicare and Medicaid costs for taxpayers, pollute our rivers, threaten the survival of fishing communities, push up food prices for the world’s poor, and accelerate climate change.

To read the full article please search online for Make meat-eaters pay: Ethicist proposes radical tax, says

4.  Bible Verse

(RSV) John 6:35
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.

Jesus offers us a fulfillment that cannot be satisfied by food but by a desire to obey our Creator. His teachings of compassion, mercy and peace lead us to the fulfillment that our souls crave.

5. Tackling the Factory Farming Problem

Patrick O. Brown, a Stanford University biochemist, says animal farming is an ecological disaster given that it contributes to 9% of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, 37% of human-caused methane (most of it emanating from the animals' digestive systems) and 65% of human-caused nitrous oxide, according to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Brown is planning to take 18 months off to work out economic models with colleagues; illustrating ways that animal farming is likely to become onerously expensive. Then, he'll work with famous chefs and food researchers on tastier vegetarian dishes. He says, "If you're a big food producer now, this is absolutely inevitable," ... "You'd better start thinking ahead. You'd better seriously start investing and trying to find alternatives in order to stay alive."

To read the full article please search online for Drop That Burger

It’s fantastic that a recognized scientist openly exposes the destruction factory farming is causing in God’s Creation. However, he doesn’t stop there. Brown is putting his time and resources into helping put an end to factory farming. This is good news for God’s Creation!.

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