Vegetarianism is the practice of eating food obtained from plants and abstaining from meat products. It excludes all kinds of animal products such as dairy, honey, and eggs, although this is most often categorized as veganism.
It’s the biggest myth, that India is a largely vegetarian country. There are around 80% of Indians who are nonvegetarians. The National Family Health Survey reveals that an India-based economist Suraj Jacob and US-based anthropologist Balmurli Natrajan points out inflated estimation is caused by political and cultural pressure. This leads them to over-report vegetarian food, especially over beef.
Following are the percentage of Vegetarian cities in India.
Narendra Modi’s, Prime Minister of India is ruling Hindu nationalist BJP promotes vegetarianism and believes that the cow should be protected because the country’s majority of Hindu population considers them holy.
Therefore, the slaughter of cattle is banned in more than a dozen states. And there have been cases that, vigilante cow protection groups, operating with impunity, have killed people transporting cattle. But in reality, millions of Indians, consume beef, majorly in Kerala.
Did you know that excessive use of milking equipment to produce milk from a cow, makes physical damage which causes mastitis and this infection generates pus gets into milk contain? Moreover, the factory-farm that store animal waste has been known to leak into adjacent waterways.
Nitrates, dangerous microbes, and drug-resistant bacteria run rampant in these lagoons. High levels of nitrates in drinking water can cause spontaneous abortions and blue baby syndrome and bacteria outbreaks from agricultural water pollution.
Nowadays many animal rights groups and vegetarian societies publish vegetarian recipes and other information on what they consider to be the health and environmental benefits. Having said that, livestock farming is a major source of methane emissions and that meat production requires a huge quantity of water and land resources than does the production of an equivalent amount of fresh produce.
Through this vegetarianism has been promoted as a way to combat climate change and to encourage more sustainable land use.