Category Archive: India
Here are all the SuperVegan blog posts categorized under India.
The pot calling the not-quite-kettle black
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine came under fire recently for suing fast food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King for serving grilled chicken containing carcinogens. The slam came from the Center for Consumer Freedom, which calls PCRM a “phony ‘physicians’ group” who would “rather save lab rats than cure cancer and AIDS.”
In its pursuit of “truth,” the CCF has created websites like PhysicianScam.com, as well as FishScam.com and Trans-fat Facts.com, where it refutes information about the dangers of eating fish and trans-fats-containing foods—information it says has been fabricated by the “food police”—and promotes their consumption instead.
The group calls PCRM “animal rights zealots” and “radical animal rights activists.” And CCF’s director of research, David Martosko, used the lawsuits as an opportunity to scare people away from a plant-based diet: “The federal government and the American Cancer Society agree that there’s nothing dangerous about eating a chicken sandwich. But letting animal rights activists slowly force us into vegetarianism could be hazardous to everyone’s health. The last time I checked, Americans were getting sick from spinach, not grilled chicken.” Continue Reading…
In June, India banned the export of lentils to combat domestic shortages. The NY Times checks in today with a report of the ban’s impact on New York City’s Indian immigrant community. A choice excerpt:
“Some people might say, ‘Big deal, it’s just a bean,’ but to Indians, the lentil is our bread,” said G. L. Soni, who owns House of Spices, an Indian food distributor in Corona, Queens. “Many Indians are vegetarians, so it is their bread and milk and cheese and meat combined.”
The article also made me realize how underrepresented Jackson Heights is in our listings of Indian restaurants. For your reference, here’s the restaurants we’ve categorized as South Indian, and here’s the restaurants we’ve categorized as North Indian (there’s some overlap between the two).
Well, we can add a few more to the number of vegans in India: the cats at Karuna Kunj shelter in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta, you colonialist pig), are eating vegan now!
“To avoid serving non-veg food to cats some of our animal-loving patrons thought that we should try to find out an alternative vegetarian food which can provide cats required nourishment and at the same time save innocent lives of other animals” said Debasis Chakraborti, founder of the Compassionate Crusaders Trust, who runs the shelter.
It’s just a trial program for now, but it seems to be going well. They are ordering AMI s.r.l. food from Italy, which is expensive to ship and takes two months in transit. Now I feel a little less ridiculous getting my cats’ food shipped from Minnesota.
Early this month, The Hindu conducted a State of the Nation Survey. The poll of thousands of people in different regions across the country aimed to determine the food habits and dietary preferences of the Indian population. The results are now in and some of them are quite surprising.
I’ve always imagined that a majority of Indian people were vegetarian, considering all the religions that advocate a veg diet that have sprung out of that area of the world and all the recent veg segregationist activities. But the survey reveals that only 31 percent of Indian individuals and only 21 percent of families are vegetarian. The survey reports that 9 percent of Indians are vegetarians who consume eggs, though it does not note how many are vegan. Continue Reading…