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The Standard American Diet Leads To Health Issues
April 22, 2013

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

  1. God’s Farmed Animals Are Laden with Antibiotics
  2. Famous Quote: Dr. Walden Bello, author, academic, and political analyst
  3. Another Culprit in Meat that Leads to Heart Disease
  4. Bible verse: Matthew 15:34-37
  5. Get Inspired!
  6. This Week’s Video: "Ag-gag" bills spark controversy and share!

1. God’s Farmed Animals Are Laden With Antibiotics
Last year, about 80 percent of all reported antibiotic sales (30 million pounds) were fed to livestock as standard procedure in order for these animals to survive the conditions in factory farms and to make them grow faster than nature intends. David A. Kessler, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 1990 to 1997, explains that this irresponsible use of antibiotics is the leading cause of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Please visit Antibiotics and the Meat We Eat:

The fact that health and government officials are ignoring the overuse of antibiotics in God's farmed animals is simply appalling. We are creating the perfect environment for an epidemic that we might not be able to stop, unless we wake up to the fact that God's animals are not commodities to be used and abused, but rather sentient beings who share the Earth with us.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

“The American fast food diet and the meat eating habits of the wealthy around the world support a world food system that diverts food resources from the hungry. A diet higher in whole grains and legumes and lower in beef and other meat is not just healthier for ourselves but also contributes to changing the world system that feeds some people and leaves others hungry.”
~ Dr. Walden Bello, author, academic, and political analyst

3.  Another Culprit in Meat that Leads to Heart Disease

Saturated fat and cholesterol in meat don’t seem to be the only culprits contributing to heart disease. Scientists have found that a substance produced by bacteria in the intestines after people eat red meat is quickly converted by the liver into another chemical called TMAO that gets into the blood and increases the risk of heart disease. Interestingly, scientists found that vegans did not show a burst of TMAO in their blood after they ate steak.

Please visit Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat's Fat:

Wouldn’t it make much more sense to encourage people to avoid eating meat than to spend millions of dollars, time, energy, resources and even suffering of animals in the experimentation process, in the quest to find an antibiotic that would kill the bacteria that produces the precursor of TMAO? Transitioning to a plant-based diet heals all of God’s Creation.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Matthew 15:34-37

And Jesus said to them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish." And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over."
Multiplying fish who are already dead to feed to people who have no objection to eating fish is an act of compassion that has no adverse impact on the fish. This story does not depict Jesus killing any animals, but rather miraculously feeding several thousand people. The people were hungry, and Jesus had compassion for them. Again, fishing 2,000 years ago was a far cry from the driftnets, long-lines, and aquaculture farms of today, which are environmentally destructive and treat fish as though they were pieces of seaweed rather than God’s creatures.

5. Get Inspired!
Read this amazing and inspiring compilation of testimonies by people who have been living vegan for decades. Featured are prominent activists in the movement, the youngest alpine ski racer in Olympic history at the age of 14, a medical doctor, PhDs, a sociologist, an animal-rights lawyer, people raised vegan since birth, and many more!

Please visit A Compilation of Long-Term Vegans; Our Powerful Message and share!:

6. This Week’s Video
Watch this excellent CNN segment featuring Paul Shapiro (HSUS) and a representative of the Animal Agriculture Alliance discussing Ag-gag bills. Paul Shapiro did a fantastic job at exposing the heinous treatment of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses!

Please visit "Ag-gag" bills spark controversy and share! 


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