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The Most Pressing Environmental Issues
November 2, 2015

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

  1. Closer to the Tipping Point
  2. This Week’s Famous Quote: Henry David Thoreau
  3. Eating Fish is Ecological Suicide
  4. This Week’s Bible Verse: Isaiah 11:6
  5. USDA Doesn’t Care About the Environment
  6. This Week’s Video: The Animal Agriculture Industry is Destroying the Rainforest

1. Closer to the Tipping Point

The documentary “Cowspiracy”, which made it to Netflix last month, is surely tilting the scale to the tipping point where the animal agriculture industry will find itself crushing. This documentary clearly exposes the tremendous devastation that raising animals for food causes to the planet. In the editor’s words, “has reached a tipping point and is about to have a big, nasty RJR tobacco moment in the public eye.”

Please visit Cowspiracy & the Tipping Point.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came into contact with the more civilized.
~ Henry David Thoreau

3. Eating Fish is Ecological Suicide

Fish populations are being depleted at alarming rates and studies indicate that by 2048 all fish populations will be in collapse. However, in spite of the warnings from scientists, the fishing industry keeps devastating the oceans with trawling nets that are miles long and acres wide, catching everything and everyone in their path.

Eating fish contributes to the killing of sentient beings, to the terrible destruction of ocean habitats and to the depletion of fish populations. We can easily replace fish with delicious plant-based foods that actually help restore the oceans magnificent life and beauty.

Please visit Why eating fish is ecologically irresponsible.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse 
(RSV) Isaiah 11:6

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.

Isaiah's prophecy of a peaceable kingdom helps us envision the world that we, advocates of God's Creation, are working tirelessly to create: a world where the God-given rights of all creatures are respected and honored; and where love, joy and peace rule.

5. USDA Doesn’t Care About the Environment

Earlier this year, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report indicated that a plant-based diet is best for the planet given the tremendous burden the animal agriculture industry puts on the environment. Not surprisingly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that it would not consider factors like sustainability and climate change as it reviews these guidelines in order to issue new recommendations. Sadly, the USDA is clearly swayed by the meat, egg and dairy industries, which are powerful lobbyist groups that only have profits as their only concern.

Please visit USDA doesn't care if our diets are climate friendly -- but Americans do.

6. This Week’s Video: The Animal Agriculture Industry is Destroying the Rainforest

Eye-opening video about the destruction of the rainforest by the animal agriculture industry.

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