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Honoring God’s Creation with Our Food Choices
Monday, July 4, 2011 Blog
Honoring God’s Creation with Our Food Choices

1. Dangerous Meat

2. Famous Quote – James Cromwell

3. “Meatless Monday” Expanding!

4. Bible verse – Matthew 5:9

5. Diseases Arise from Animal Agriculture

6. This Week’s Video – E2 Immersion

1. Dangerous Meat

A new study has shed even more evidence that meat products are not safe. Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute tested 137 packages of chicken, turkey, and other meat bought at twenty-six grocery stores in five cities across the country. Nearly half of the tested samples were infected with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which are known to cause staph infections and a host of other serious illnesses. Moreover, half of the bacteria found in the study were resistant to at least three antibiotics. “Antibiotics are the most important drugs that we have to treat Staph infections; but when Staph are resistant to three, four, five or even nine different antibiotics — like we saw in this study — that leaves physicians few options,” said Lance B. Price, Ph.D., senior author of the study and Director of TGen’s Center for Food Microbiology and Environmental Health. To learn more please search online for: Nationwide study finds U.S. meat and poultry is widely contaminated

The typical American diet is full of animal products, including meat of all types, which is obtained from animals raised in factory farms. These intensive confinement systems are the perfect vessels to allow bacteria to mutate due to the irresponsible high amount of antibiotics given to these poor animals. When we cause misery to God’s animals, we are causing misery to ourselves and the rest of Creation.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

“We don't need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could.”

~ James Cromwell, American film and television actor

3. “Meatless Monday” Expanding!

Thanks to the increasing awareness that the typical American diet is detrimental for our health, Toyota, Northern Trust Bank and the U.S. Department of Interior are among the many organizations that have adopted Meatless Mondays, thus helping their staff to learn and experience the benefits of a plant-based diet. According to

Peggy Neu, president of “The Monday Campaign”, one of the main reasons Meatless Mondays are so appealing to businesses "is that it rests at the intersection of health and wellness and sustainability initiatives." To learn more please search online for Toyota, Northern Trust Bank Dish Up Sodexo's Meatless Monday Program

How encouraging it is to learn that more people every day are learning that plant-based diets are not only healthy, but also sustainable and compassionate! Let’s do our part, as stewards of God’s Creation, to spread the word about the benefits of plant-based diets so healing and reconciliation in Creation occur faster and sooner.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Matthew 5:9

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."

We are called to actively seek peace among all creatures in order to help bring healing and reconciliation to God's Creation. Being sons and daughters of God is a privilege as well as a responsibility that involves obedience to God. It also means reflecting God's essence of love onto all Creation, which undeniably embraces showing mercy, love and compassion to all of God's creatures.

5. Diseases Arise from Animal Agriculture

A recent report by the International Livestock Research Institute said that a growing number of livestock are fuelling new animal epidemics worldwide, such as SARS and H1N1. The report stated that seventy-five percent of emerging infectious diseases originate in animals, and of these 61 percent are transmissible between animals and humans. "A new disease emerges every four months; many are trivial but HIV, SARS and avian influenza (eg. H5N1) illustrate the huge potential impacts," John McDermott and Delia Grace at the Nairobi-based institute wrote in the report. To read the article please search online for Growing number of farm animals spawn new diseases

Factory farms are the perfect vessels for new bacteria and viruses to arise, leaving humans and animals vulnerable to potentially decimating epidemics. The cost (financial, emotional, physical, environmental and even spiritual) could prove too much for humanity's sake. I think the time has come when as stewards of God's Creation we have to make serious decisions about our actions, which in turn affect the fate of God's Creation. In this case, we cannot claim ignorance as there is plenty of warning evidence.

6. This Week’s Video – E2 Immersion

Rip Esselstyn and his family conduct multi-day healthy eating education programs called 'Immersions' in Austin, TX and across America. Take a look at the intensive education on why and how they can help people be plant-strong! Please search online for What is an E2 Immersion?.

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