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Monday, November 20, 2006

Environmental Impact of Modern Agriculture

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

1. Is there “organic” fish? – a close look at the misleading claims of the fish farming industry

2. Famous quote – Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 –1860), German philosopher

3. Living beyond the Earth’s means – the indiscriminate exploitation of the Earth’s resources

4. Bible verse – 2 Corinthians 3:5-6

5. Satellite carrying fruit and vegetable seeds – an effort to feed the growing Chinese population

6. How bad US dairy farms are – a good example of how dairy farms pollute the environment

1. Is there “organic” fish? Farm-raised fish are being the target of scrutiny by environmental groups and chefs since the government is exploring whether to grant fish farmers the "organic" label if they use organic feed.

Those who oppose believe that “organic” shouldn’t include fish that are never allowed to migrate naturally (as in the case of farm-raised salmon) and because they eat fish meal that comes in part from wild-caught fish, a practice that can be very harmful for the environment since it depletes ocean resources and increases the fish’s concentration of carcinogenic PCBs.

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“Organic” is a misleading term that consumers should take with a grain of salt. It deceives the consumer implying the product is healthier, has been obtained humanely, and/or that is environmental friendly. As consumers and stewards of God’s creation it is our responsibility to be informed. No creature should be denied their God-given instincts and desires.

2. Famous quote: "All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self evident."
~ Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 –1860), German philosopher

3. Living beyond the Earth’s means: The World Wildlife Fund, among other environmental organizations, is once again warning us that humanity is living far beyond our planet’s means. Humans are making use of resources faster than the Earth can produce them. Pollution, waste, deforestation, overfishing and industrial agriculture are some of the culprits of current environmental problems. WWF Director-General James Leape said, "For more than 20 years we have exceeded the earth's ability to support a consumptive lifestyle that is unsustainable and we cannot afford to continue down this path."

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The depletion of resources, the degradation of the environment and the exploitation of animals do not show good stewardship on our part. God gave us a sacred responsibility and we should choose obedience to our Creator. Adopting a plant-based diet is a compassionate way to show reverence and respect for God’s animals, our health and the environment.

4. (RSV) 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 “Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, 6 who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

God’s covenant with all creation is one of love and grace. God enables us to bear witness of this covenant and calls us to be good stewards of our bodies, animals and the environment.

5. Satellite carrying fruit and vegetable seeds: An ongoing effort to feed the 1.3 billion people in China has led scientist to launch a satellite carrying 2,000 seeds from nine different fruits and vegetables. The hope is that the data gathered will enable scientists to try to cultivate high-yield and high-quality plants. Because of the rapid decline in farming land due to increased industrialization, China is looking into more effective and efficient ways to grow and produce food.

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Converting grains into meat is a very inefficient process. Apart from political, economic and social issues, the transition to a plant-based diet could potentially liberate enough grain to feed all the people in the planet.

6. How bad US dairy farms are: Food & Water Watch welcomed farmers from France, Spain, and Germany this week to take a look at the deplorable environmental consequences of dairy factory farms in Michigan, Oregon and Washington. According to Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive Director, “European farmers touring U.S. factory dairies and communities will take home a snapshot of what European agriculture could become if farmers and their governments aren’t careful.” Pollution, health problems and animal cruelty are all linked to the way factory farms are run.

Lynn Henning, Sierra Club CAFO Water Sentinel and a leader of the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan, believes that “showing just how bad it is in Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties is one way to advocate for stronger laws here as well as to make sure Europeans don’t weaken their laws to allow these horrible facilities to move into their communities.”

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Factory farms are one of the clearest examples of how we can harm our health, God’s animals and the environment. Being good stewards of the Earth requires love and compassion for everything God created. Factory farms involve immense cruelty and disregard for God’s creation.

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