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CVA Blog
Monday, February 8, 2010

How Animal Agriculture Contributes to Human Sickness

1. “Enhanced” Chicken

2. Famous Quote – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. Food’s Link to Mental Health

4. Bible verse – Mark 9:35

5. The Controversy about Feeding Chicken Feces to Cattle

6. This Week’s Video: Dr. John McDouglass Talks about Dairy


1. “Enhanced” Chicken

In the last few years it has become a common practice for chicken producers -- unknown to most consumers -- to inject fresh chicken with saltwater as a way to keep it juicy and tasty. This process called "enhancing" or "plumping" can make up a fifth or even more of the chicken's weight and contain a long list of ingredients, including a high sodium content. Kenneth McMillin, a professor of meat science at Louisiana State University, explains that the reason to "plump" chickens is to make up for the deficiencies that arise when growers breed chickens for higher meat production: a dry, less tasty bird into the market that overcooked, it could be nearly inedible. To read the full article please search online for What goes into chicken

Animal agriculture has turned into probably one of the most unethical industries that have ever existed. The extent of manipulation, damage and suffering it causes to humans, animals and the environment should be seen as a serious offense towards all of God's Creation.

2. Famous Quote

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

~ Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. Food’s Link to Mental Health

The Whitehall II study in the UK, which involved 3,486 participants, shed light to the link between our mental health and the food we eat. Scientists compared the incidence of depression among individuals consuming a diet consisting high in fruits, vegetables and fish to that of individuals whose diet contained a high proportion of high-fat dairy food, processed meat, fried food, refined grains and sugar-laden desserts. The results showed that a whole food diet was consistent with a 26 per cent lower risk for depression while a high processed diet was associated with a 58 percent chance of depression. To read the full article please search online for Healthy Diet May Reduce Middle-Aged Depression

The Bible, in the book of Genesis, tells us that a plant-based diet was prescribed by God to humans. This tells us that a plant-based diet is ideal for our mind and soul, since it wholesome and compassionate.

4. Bible Verse
(RSV) Mark 9:35

And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

Jesus calls us to a life or service. Sometimes, in this world where thirst for power are overwhelming we should try to focus on showing love, compassion and mercy toward all of God's Creation, leaving aside our earthly desires in order to honor God.

5. The Controversy about Feeding Chicken Feces to Cattle

A coalition of food and consumer groups that includes Consumers Union and the Center for Science in the Public Interest has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice of feeding chicken feces and other poultry farm waste to cattle since this practice may increase the risk of cows becoming infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease. The reason is that spilled chicken feed and the feces contain tissue from ruminants -- cows and sheep, among other mammals -- and the disease is transmitted through feeding ruminant remains to cattle. To read the full article please search online for FDA Urged to Ban Feeding of Chicken Feces to Cattle

Common current practices in the animal agriculture industry such as the above go completely against nature. They are forcing animals who are herbivores into cannibals. Mad cow disease is one of those warnings that should make stop and ponder about what we are doing to God's farmed animals.

6. This Week’s Video: Dr. John McDouglass Talks about Dairy

Watch this information-packed presentation about the negative effects of dairy in our bodies. From allergies to tumors Dr. John McDougall's 1 hour-plus presentation from the 2005 Healthy Lifestyle Expo shows why dairy products are one the most unhealthy aspects of the typical American diet. Please search online for The Perils of Dairy (VIDEO) .

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