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Healing the Planet
March 9, 2015

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

  1. UN Advocates the Transition to a Plant-Based Diet
  2. Famous Quote: Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328, German theologian and philosopher
  3. Factory Farming is a Major Polluter of Water
  4. This Week’s Bible Verse: 1 Peter 1:24-25
  5. Climate Scientists Say the Culprit is Beef
  6. This Week’s Video: What intensive farming means -- for the animals and for the environment

1. UN Advocates the Transition to a Plant-Based Diet

A new report by the United Nations states that with a population expected to grow to 9.1 billion by 2050 the best answer to the major world problems --hunger, poverty, water scarcity and climate change among many others-- is the transition to a plant-based diet. Clearly, the Western diet being adopted my more countries every year is very unsustainable due to its focus on meat, dairy and eggs.

Please visit UN Says Veganism Can Save the World from Destruction.

The animal-based agriculture industry is terribly devastating to all of God’s Creation. Either we wake up and realize that exploiting God’s animals doesn’t lead to anything good or we simply continue to be agents of suffering and death. Wouldn’t it be so much better to be instead agents of healing and reconciliation?

2. Famous Quote

Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love Him as they love a cow – for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort. They do not rightly love God, when they love Him for their own advantage.
~ Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328, German theologian and philosopher

3. Factory Farming is a Major Polluter of Water

It should be of no surprise that North Carolina’s rivers and streams are loaded with pig excrement from local factory farms. North Carolina is the second-biggest hog producer in the U.S. after Iowa; and of course, since the pork industry holds major political capital in the state, it chooses to dismiss this big pollution problem.

Please visit Pig Poop Carrying E. Coli Is Leaching Into Rivers From Factory Farms.

Earth, our home, is in trouble. And the animal-based agriculture industry contributes to the major environmental problems, including pollution. Maybe, the realization that future generations rely on all of us moving away from an animal-based diet will encourage everyone to show compassion to God’s animals and not eat them.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) 1 Peter 1:24-25

...for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord abides forever." That word is the good news which was preached to you.

Although power and glory on Earth are tempting, these are very transitory and short-lived. We should strive to live a fulfilling life in obedience to God's Word, which Jesus Christ exemplifies through teachings centered on compassion, mercy and love. This, in turn, is ever-lasting. 

5. Climate Scientists Say the Culprit is Beef

In February, the U.S. top nutrition advisory panel issued their recommendations which included: eat fewer animal products and more plant-based foods. This recommendation is common sense to environmental scientists and physicians who have been saying for years that Americans eat too many animal products, especially meat, which is terribly damaging to the environment. The livestock industry is responsible for much of the pollution, greenhouse gases and use of water, land and fossil fuels. In short, climate change consequences might me effectively mitigated if we transition to a plant-based diet.

Please visit A nutrition panel's common-sense advice could spark Washington's major climate fight.

It’s no surprise that when we align our inner-values of compassion and justice we help restore our health and the health of the environment. After all, we have a physiology of peace. We don’t need to eat animals!

6. This Week’s Video: What intensive farming means -- for the animals and for the environment.

Factory farming is deadly for the planet. Learn why in this video.


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