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Food Habits in the USA

From: Ramakrishnan Kazhiyur-Mannar (kazhiyur-mannar.1_at_osu.edu)
Date: Sun May 13 2001 - 05:35:47 PDT

Dear Members
	As you might be knowing, being a Vegetarian in the USA is something of a 
task in itself. Beef extract in Mac fries is not the only hidden 
non-vegetarian component that we encounter. It is a fact that in most Chinese 
joints, the cooking medium is pork oil. I have personally checked this up 
with some Chinese joints here. The irony in this is that these foods are 
still called Vegetarian, as they do not contain meat itself but only meat 
extracts!

When eating outside, it is a good idea to prefer Kosher restaurants. But, the 
best way seems to be cooking and eating at home. 

However, even there, we could better our food in some respects. One way is to 
use Organic Milk. While it might sound a bit of an overkill, it should in 
fact be an important  policy decision with regard to our food habits. 

Organic milk is obtained without using harmones (which, as I had mentioned in 
my previous posting, could cause cancer in cows), meat products in cattle 
feed and other chemicals. Cows in Organic Farms are treated well and the 
important thing is that they are certified so. And what's more, Organic milk 
tastier (we use it at home) and should go well with people who used to have 
cow's milk in India. 

Using Organic Milk encourages people who treat cows with affection. It might 
cost more than ordinary milk. But then, isn't keeping our conscience clean 
Priceless?

Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan

Ramakrishnan Kazhiyur-Mannar

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