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The Dangers of Animal Products for Our Health
October 10, 2011

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

1. More Chicken Products for School Children?!
2. Famous Quote: Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet
3. The Dangers of Processed Meats
4. Bible verse: Proverbs 29:11
5. The Pus in Milk
6. This Week’s Video: Why cow’s milk is unhealthy

1. More Chicken Products for School Children?!

This is a fantastic letter written by Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), directed to Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to cancel the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently announced plan to purchase $40 million of chicken products for use in school lunches and other federal food assistance programs. Ms. Levin explains clearly why it's not in the best interest of children to eat chicken given the high fat and cholesterol content, and the increased risk of contamination with salmonella or campylobacter.

She also asks Mr. Vilsack to "stop using child nutrition programs as a means for boosting agribusiness incomes." To read the letter please visit USDA Should Cancel Plan to Cancel $40 million of Chicken Products for School Lunches:

It’s encouraging that more people and institutions have started challenging the status quo. Agribusiness is a rotten industry that unless consumers stop supporting, the health of people, the state of the environment, and the lives of God’s animals will continue to be negatively affected with devastating consequences.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

Of itself, veganism is not a panacea, but it effectively removes a basic hindrance to our happiness, freedom, and unfoldment. As a living and ongoing expression of nonviolence, it is an enormously powerful agent of transformation in our individual lives, especially since our culture opposes it so vehemently.

~ Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet

3. The Dangers of Processed Meats

According to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), processed meats are dangerous for human consumption. WCRF has reviewed more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer, and the conclusions are unequivocal: there is a definite link between processed meats and certain cancers. The reasons seem to be the fact that processed meats are produced with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite used as a color fixer by meat companies to turn packaged meats a bright red color so they look fresh. To read the article, please visit Processed Meats Declared too Dangerous for Human Consumption:

Once again we learn about one of the unethical practices of the meat industry that causes much disease in humans. Our fast food nation of processed people might not realize the dangers of eating the typical American diet; dangers that carries devastating consequences to our health, God’s animals and the environment. It’s so much easier to eat a well-balanced plant-based diet than dealing with cancer or watching a loved one suffer with this disease!

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Proverbs 29:11

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Venting our anger more often than not does not help to state our case. Learning to deal with our anger in constructive ways could effectively bring healing and reconciliation in God's Creation.

5. The Pus in Milk

Due to the constant exploitation of dairy cows, these animals are commonly sick with infections such as mastitis and the USDA keeps claiming that “pus” from infected udders (which then is passed on to milk) doesn’t have an effect on human health. Dr. Michael Greger explains why the dairy industry continues to demand that American milk retains the highest allowable “somatic cell” (pus) concentration in the world in spite of the health risks. Appallingly, the dairy industry claims that this "pus" is pasteurized, to what Dr. Greger replies, “

But just as parents may not want to feed their children fecal matter in meat even if it’s irradiated fecal matter, they might not want to feed their children pasteurized pus." To read the article, please visit How much pus is there in milk?:

Dairy cows are relentlessly and callously abused from birth to death. The dairy industry is so heartless that the suffering of these innocent creatures is of no importance as long as they produce profit. In fact, not only has the dairy industry commoditized God’s animals, but has made it clear and obvious that human health is of no importance, either. Why should any of us support an industry that abuses God’s animals and spreads sickness in humans?

6. This Week’s Video: Why cow’s milk is unhealthy

Corlin Palmer, and 8th grader, made a documentary about how unhealthy cow’s milk is for a human body. It really states the case with great visuals and easy explanations. Please visit Why cow's milk is unhealthy:

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