Union Minister for Environment, Forests, and Climate Change Mr. Prakash Javadekar addressing the crowd.
I went to the 42nd World Veg Fest held at Anna University, Chennai, India, on 29th & 30th Nov. 2014. This is an annual event organized by IVU (International Veg Union) to promote Vegetarian/Vegan diet across the world. There were seminars and talks by veg. experts, and there was an expo. In this post, I present to you some interesting highlights from this event:
- Theme: Freedom from diseases through non-violent food.
- In a survey, poor people who eat millets like ragi were found to be healthier than the rich, mainly because they weren’t able to afford junk food – Prakash Javedkar.
- Sankar Ram Singh had spent 8 years on wheel chair during his initial years. He didn’t lose hope, and today he is a world cup wrestler.
- Padma Subramaniam, a classical dancer, has been dancing for 62 years. Even this December she will be performing six shows with non stop dancing for 2.5 hours.
- Non Veg food and alcohol affect kidneys, I try to stay away from it nowadays – Actor Mansoor Ali Khan.
- Vegan is a lifestyle where people, in addition to being vegetarian, avoid diary-based products like milk, butter, cheese, ghee, etc.
- Best options for traveling around the world for vegans: Thailand, Vietnam, SE Asia, Israel, Bratislava (Slovak Republic), Glasgow (UK), State capitals of Australia, California (US), Singapore, Brazil, etc. Happy Cow site and app will help you find vegan restaurants around the world – Prof. Innes Park, Sadhana Forests.
- Except in India, no other country in Asia uses milk in their diet (predominantly). Casein in milk is toxic, addictive, and is a carcinogen. Growth hormones maybe injected into cows for higher yield. Alternative to diary milk: Soy milk, millet milk, nut milk, etc. – Dr. R. Saravanan.
- Cocount water, ginger, agave, lemon juice + sea salt, quinoa, dates = good foods to take before long exercises – Dr. Paula, Gaudin.
- Meat industry pollutes more than all cars, SUV, trucks, planes, and ships put together as they clear forests by burning trees to rear cattle. To make 1 Kg of meat, more than 10,000 liters of water is required in various stages (feeding, cleaning, etc.) – Sri Hari.
- Before we invented fire, we ate only raw food. Our body is optimized for eating raw food. Raw foods are already cooked by the sun, by cooking them again we are uncooking and depleting them of nutrients. Cooking at high temperatures kills essential enzymes. So, become a raw vegan! – Dr. Aris LaTham.
- More than 12% of the Amazon forest has been destroyed in the last 50 years (mainly) for livestock rearing – Marly Winckler.
- Over 20,000 drugs – steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones, etc. are given to livestock animals, which in turn reach humans who consume them. 50% of antibiotics produced in US are used on animals. – S. Srinivasan.
- Millets are gluten-free & healthy; Thinai, Ragi & Kambu are easy to digest; get more sunlight; use Indian toilet, avoid refined sunflower oil; eat ellu urundai, kadalai mittai, horsegram (kollu); nellikkai is an excellent anti-oxidant; better to use clay pots for cooking; Milk, oats & wheat contain gluten (hence limit consumption) – Dr. Shiny Chandran.
PS1: I aspire to become a vegan. But in India it’s difficult to avoid milk, so I am going to drink mixed millet kanji instead of milk in the evenings.
PS2: After the first day’s event, I met Sandhya Kumar who blogs at Maradhi Manni. I have been following her blog for more than seven years, but met her only now! The Tropicana juice I had there was very good – what flavor is it, Maami? 🙂