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Eating God’s Animals Has Negative Consequences for the Environment
September 15, 2014

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

  1. Mutant Fish Due to Factory Farming Runnoff
  2. Famous Quote: Pino Caruso, Italian Actor
  3. The Many Problems with Grass-Fed Beef
  4. Bible Verse: Genesis 1:29
  5. High Mercury In Fish
  6. This Week’s Video: What is Factory Farming – Us and the Planet

1. Mutant Fish Due to Factory Farming Runnoff

Mutant fish is not science fiction. Intersex smallmouth bass who show signs of disease, including open lesions and black marks on their skin have been found in the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. Scientists believe this mutation is likely a result of agricultural runoff and estrogenic compounds. Not surprisingly, "Pennsylvania is the nation's third largest producer of eggs. Between 2002 and 2012, total chickens in the state increased by more than one-third."

Please read Mutant fish in the Susquehanna River.

The pollution produced by these factory farms have terrible consequences most people cannot even imagine. Each of us has to contribute to the healing of Earth; and therefore, humanity needs to move away from animal agriculture or we will continue to see much suffering and devastation.

2. Famous Quote

“People eat meat and think they will become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass."
– Pino Caruso

3. The Many Problems with Grass-Fed Beef

People think that grass-fed beef is better for the environment and more humane; however, grass-fed cattle contribute more to global warming than grain-fed cattle. Moreover, grass-fed cattle still suffer mutilations without pain-killers and still meet the same horrific death at industrial slaughterhouses. And, if these reasons were not enough, the fact that biodiversity (both, fauna and flora) is lost when cattle are allowed to graze should make people think twice about buying grass-fed beef.

Please visit Pseudo-Sustainability: The Beef With Grass-Fed Beef.

It's true that farmed animals who are raised outdoors, such as in the case of grass-fed cattle, tend to have a less abused life because they are able to exercise some of their instincts and fulfill some of their needs. However, they are still exploited for their meat, eggs or milk and killed at a young age, most likely involving terror and pain.

As stewards of God’s Creation we should do our best to support compassion and sustainability. Neither apply in the case of grass-fed cattle

4. Bible Verse
(RSV) Genesis 1:29

And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.

The world would be a more peaceful, loving and just one if we do our best to eat with compassion; that is, to eat a plant-based diet prescribed to us by God.

5. High Mercury In Fish

An article published by Nature explains that scientists have found mercury levels in the ocean much higher than anticipated. They found the levels tripled in the upper ocean and concluded "that human activities - mostly the burning of fossil fuels, but also mining - had boosted the mercury levels in the upper 100 metres of the ocean by a factor of 3.4 since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution."

Please visit Humans have tripled mercury levels in upper ocean.

Fish are intelligent, sentient beings and they are killed by the billions every year (hundreds of millions of tons). Humans eat them and feed them to farmed animals as well, even though cows, for example, are strict herbivores; and we see the consequence of industrial fishing on the environment and also human health given fish's high mercury, fat and cholesterol content.

Hopefully, studies like the one above help raise awareness. We can do our part by not eating them and supporting sustainable industries.

6. This Week’s Video: What is Factory Farming – Us and the Planet

Learn about factory farming and its devastating consequences for the planet in this short animated very well-done video: What is factory farming? - Us and the planet

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