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Factory Farming Threatens Public Health
February 24, 2014

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

  1. 5th Case of Deadly Pig Virus Confirmed in Ontario, Canada
  2. Famous Quote: Nikola Tesla, physicist and inventor
  3. Turning Pigs into Cannibals
  4. Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 6:19
  5. PCRM Presents Dannon with SICK Award
  6. This Week’s Video: Cheap, Healthy Vegan Meals

1. 5th Case of Deadly Pig Virus Confirmed in Ontario, Canada

There has been much concern among pig farmers in Canada since the 5th case of a deadly and highly contagious pig virus was confirmed this past week in Ontario. This virus has already killed millions of piglets in the U.S.

Please visit Fifth case of deadly pig virus confirmed on Ontario farm.

Viruses such as this one are very likely one of the many consequences of reducing God’s animals to commodities to be used for food. These poor creatures are raised in massive numbers, under intense confinement, in filthy conditions and with much pain and fear. Once again we are reminded that we reap what we sow 

2. Famous Quote

It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarous habit. That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory, but a well-demonstrated fact. Many races living almost exclusively on vegetables are of superior physique and strength. There is no doubt that some plant food, such as oatmeal, is more economical than meat, and superior to it in regard to both mechanical and mental performance. [...] In view of these facts every effort should be made to stop the wanton and cruel slaughter of animals, which must be destructive to our morals.”
~ Nikola Tesla, physicist and inventor

3. Turning Pigs into Cannibals

It turns out that pig farmers are feeding the intestines of dead piglets to their mothers or other sows in order to immunize them against the porcine virus that has ravaged the pig industry. This practice was exposed thanks to the Humane Society of the United States through an undercover video shot at Iron Maden Farms in KY.

Please visit Is that sausage worth this?

The practices in which the factory farming industry engages are simply unbelievable. They go to any extent to produce cheap meat at the expense of animals and humans, while trying to hide their practices as much as possible.

Supporting the animal agriculture industry clearly goes against Jesus’ teachings of compassion, mercy and love; and also against our role of stewards of God’s Creation.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) 1 Corinthians 6:19

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own;…

The apostle Paul wrote that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and it follows that we should care for our bodies as gifts from God. The largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the United States, the American Dietetic Association, has endorsed well-planned vegetarian diets. In 2003, the ADA noted, “Vegetarians have been reported to have lower body mass indices than nonvegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.”

5. PCRM Presents Dannon with SICK Award

Dannon received the SICK (Social Irresponsibility towards Consumers and Kids) Award for their misleading advertising and other efforts that push the public and children into choosing unhealthful foods. SICK Award went to Dannon this year for their 2014 Super Bowl Oikos Greek Yogurt ad featuring John Stamos, Bob Saget, and Dave Coulier from the 90s sitcom “Full House”, distorting the benefits of yogurt and failing to disclose its adverse health consequences. “The Oikos ad is a nutritional fumble,” says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D, director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee. “Dannon relies on a fictional image of yogurt as a healthful food product, when yogurt consumption can actually take you out of the game completely.”

Please visit PCRM Presents Dannon with SICK Award.

If our food choices are influenced more by advertising than the nutritional value of those foods, we tend to follow profit and not mindful eating. Although it’s sometimes hard to discern how deceiving commercials can be, it’s always better to follow common sense and to do a little bit of research before believing blindly in advertising.

6. This Week’s Video: Cheap, Healthy Vegan Meals

Watch this video to learn how to make easy, cheap and healthy vegan meals for less than $2 in less than 15 minutes each.

Please visit Cheap, Healthy Vegan Meals 

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