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CVA Blog
Monday, March 29, 2010

The True Cost of Food

1. Factory Farm Pollution

2. Famous Quote – John Wesley, Founder of Methodism

3. UN Says to Tax Livestock

4. Bible verse – Jeremiah 17:7-8

5. Deforestation-Based Foods?

6. This Week’s Video - Devastation Caused by Industrial Agriculture


1. Factory Farm Pollution

As the volume of manure increases due to the proliferation of factory farms, the threat to our planet also increases. Manure from these factory farms is polluting our waters, soil and air, killing aquatic life, sickening people and contributing to global warming. Some manure is turned into fertilizer but a huge amount of it is left untreated and therefore degrades the environment. To read the full article please search online for Manure becomes pollutant as its volume grows unmanageable

The cost for cheap animal products is passed on to us in the form of a sick planet. As long as we continue to support the animal agriculture industry we’ll be participants of the degradation of God’s Creation.

2. Famous Quote

"I believe in my heart that faith in Jesus Christ can and will lead us beyond an exclusive concern for the well-being of other human beings to the broader concern for the well-being of the birds in our backyards, the fish in our rivers, and every living creature on the face of the earth."

~ John Wesley, Founder of Methodism

3. UN Says to Tax Livestock

According to the United Nation, livestock emissions should be taxed to reduce the contribution made by their methane to global warming. Animal agriculture contributes to global warming more than all transportation combined. Moreover, animal agriculture is consuming a large share of the world's resources and also polluting the environment. To read the full article please search online for Calls for tax on livestock emissions

With the overwhelming evidence showing the negative consequences of animal agriculture on the environment, our health and animals, it is actually surprising most people continue to support the meat, egg and dairy industries more than ever in history. It is time to wake-up and take a look at the devastating effects a meat-based diet has on God's Creation.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Jeremiah 17:7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit."

It is crucial in this day and age that we trust God’s love in us in order to fulfill our responsibility and privileges of being steward of God’s Creation. Many are the challenges that we encounter and without a loving, just and compassionate heart, we are not likely to achieve much for God’s Kingdom.

5. Deforestation-Based Foods?

How much forest land has been lost to grow (or raise) products like beef, rice, and palm oil? This article provides insight about this issue, which can help us choose more sustainable food products in order to help decrease deforestation. To read the full article please search online for A Deforestation-Based Diet: Seven Foods that are Destroying the World's Forests

Thanks to science and technology, we are now able to measure how much of an impact our choice of diet has on God’s Creation. By transitioning to a plant-base diet we can actively participate in the restoration of the environment and therefore show compassion and justice to the all God’s creatures who share the planet.

6. This Week’s Video: Devastation Caused by Industrial Agriculture

Watch this short movie that highlights the inherent danger and cruelty of industrial agriculture. Please search online for   .

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