Globalization has changed our lives. With a changing culture, the food on our plate has become diverse. Sometimes that comes with a change in the philosophy of eating, too!
Among the many ‘isms’ popular in the 21st century, veganism enjoys a special status. Food is an essential part of our lives. Supporters portray veganism as beneficial to both health and the environment.
Veganism’s benefit to health is questionable. It can be difficult to obtain adequate protein on a vegan diet.
Its benefit to the environment is also debatable. It depends largely on belief that raising meat increases greenhouse gas emissions and so could cause dangerous global warming. But empirical evidence for dangerous warming is slim.
Some proponents, though, also say veganism is strongly rooted in Eastern religions. Is it?
Pantheism (Hinduism is a popular version) plays a vital role in the spread of veganism. It promotes non-violence against animals. But pantheistic beliefs are diverse. Individual Hindu sects consume meat.
Indeed, a 2014 survey revealed that 71 percent of Indians, 80 percent of whom are Hindus, eat meat. It follows that most practicing Hindus are not vegans.
Beef consumption was also common in ancient India. It was approved by kings and well documented in their literature. That can’t be blamed on a “barbaric” culture. Ancient India had a highly civilized culture with strong religious, artistic, and literary traditions.
So faithful Hinduism doesn’t require veganism. But public misconception and false propaganda vilify meat consumption. … [Read the rest.]