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A Plant-Based Diet Accords with our Faith
Monday, May 30, 2011 Blog

1. Bugs from Factory Farms Carry Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

2. Famous Quote – Peter Singer

3. Dangerous Meat Products

4. Bible verse – 2 John 1:6

5. Our Food, Our Health

6. This Week’s Video – Dr. McDougall on Health

1. Bugs from Factory Farms Carry Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The overuse of antibiotics in factory farms in well documented, and it’s negative consequences as well: bacterial resistant. Now, one more aspect of this bacterial resistance is uncovered, which is the fact that flies and cockroaches, so common in factory farms, are carriers of bacteria-resistant pathogens. A recent study by researches from North Carolina State and Kansas state indicates that, “…house flies and German [common] cockroaches in the confined swine production environment likely serve as vectors and/or reservoirs of antibiotic resistant and potentially virulent enterococci and consequently may play an important role in animal and public health.” To read the article please search online for Flies and cockroaches carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria from factory farms, study finds

There are no positive aspects of factory farming. Not for humans, not for animals and not for the environment. In fact, factory farming might be the one aspect of civilization that causes the most devastation and suffering in God’s Creation.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

"Those who, by their purchases, require animals to be killed have no right to be shielded from the slaughterhouse or any other aspect of the production of the meat they buy. If it is distasteful for humans to think about, what can it be like for the animals to experience it?"

~ Peter Singer (1946 - present) Australian philosopher, Professor at Princeton University, USA.

3. Dangerous Meat Products

Although there is a growing awareness about the dangerous additives to meat in the US, besides the overuse of antibiotic and hormones in factory farmed animals, it is the large majority of the population that do not know for example that the poultry industry legally laces its feed with arsenic in order used to promote growth, kill parasites and improve pigmentation of chicken meat.  Also, that the pork industry regularly doses pigs with ractopamine, a growth enhancer that the USDA allows even though its own research shows that it stresses pigs out; never mind that The European Union and China ban ractopamine, which may harm people when ingested. To read the article please search online for Think tainted Chinese pork is scary? Check out the nearest supermarket meat case

The modern animal agriculture industry is driven by profit and taste, trumping ethics and human health on the way. Most people, if they knew the deep corruption of our food system that allows unimaginable animal suffering, environmental devastation and unnecessary sickness in humans, would surely stop supporting it. The transition to a plant-based diet has profound benefits for all of God’s Creation.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

2 John 1:6

"And this is love, that we follow his commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love."

If we claim to love God, then we should to try to reflect God’s love, that resides in each of us, onto all creatures. We cannot claim we love other humans and God’s animals if we deliberately and unnecessarily inflict pain on them. Therefore, a plant-based diet accords with obedience to God.

5. Our Food, Our Health

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD writes an excellent article in response to Barbara Walter's television special aired in February, "A Matter of Life and Death", during which six celebrities (Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, Charlie Rose, former President Clinton, Regis Philbin, and David Letterman) shared their thoughts and emotions surrounding their open heart surgery. Sadly, but not surprisingly, David Letterman mentioned that he fully expected a second bypass operation in the future. However, Dr. Esselstyn very clearly explains the link between food and health, and therefore the one between heart disease and the typical Western diet laden with animal products. Dr. Esselstyn believes that "...coronary artery disease is a food borne illness and need never exist", and its prevention clearly rests on the transition to a plant-based diet. Please search online for How To Keep David Letterman (And Yourself) Off The Operating Table

The impressive amount of evidence indicating the many benefits of a well-balanced plant-based diet can no longer be ignored. Honoring and respecting our bodies in turn honors God, for we are all His/Her creation. By the same token, indulging in foods that affect our health negatively for the sake of taste and convenience shows little respect to God.

6. This Week’s Video – Dr. McDougall on Health

This is an excellent excerpt from the very educational documentary featuring Dr. McDougall talking about the health crisis in America and how to solve it by taking charge of our own health. Please search online for Dr. McDougall on Health and share with friends and family!.

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