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ಪ್ರಾಣಿ ಹಕ್ಕುಗಳು, ಶುದ್ಧ ಸಸ್ಯಾಹಾರ, ಪರಿಸರ, ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಇವೆಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ಒಳಗೊಂಡ ವೀಗನಿಸಂ ಎಂಬ ತತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ನಂಬಿಕೆ ಇಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಒಬ್ಬ ಸರಳ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ ನಾನು.
ನನ್ನ ಇತರ ಆಸಕ್ತಿಗಳೆಂದರೆ ನೀತಿಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ, ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ನೀತಿಸಂಹಿತೆಗಳು, ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ, ಆವಿಷ್ಕಾರಗಳು, ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ, ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆ, ಭಾಷಾನೀತಿಗಳು ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ.

I am a simple Kannadiga following veganism, that cares about animal rights, pure vegetarianism, environment and health.
My other interest include ethics, public healthcare, public policies, innovation, science & technology, Kannada language and linguistic policies.
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Sunday, May 26, 2013

World Environment Day & Vegan Lifestyle

Once again, the world environment day is nearing. Many people will start talking about increased fuel and electricity usage, waste management, land-water-air pollution, organic & biodegradable products, population control and so on. Of course, all these are extremely important subjects, but most people will keep silent on one urgent and important need i.e. to go veg.
Great brains across the globe have clearly identified animal farming and non-vegetarian dietary choices of people as one of the biggest root causes behind environmental destruction, and yet hardly any policy changes have happened in this regard. Why? I can see following reasons:
- Misconceptions among common people (i.e. non-veg diet is important for health, vegetarians promote it only for animal cruelty reasons etc.)
- Tendency to continue to live in denial, even after learning the facts
- "Why should I sacrifice? Let others do first, then I will see at my convenience" kind of selfish attitude
- Our leaders are anyway reflection of the society, so no point in blaming them beyond a point

Even lacto-vegetarianism is no good for the environment, because today beef industry and dairy industry go hand in hand, supporting each other very much. Hence, I sincerely hope that more and more people adopt or at least move towards vegan lifestyle, in the best interest of our own home, earth. This is one of the most basic things that we can do, and in parallel we can work towards reversing the damage already caused, and minimize/stop other forms of destruction.
Personally, even though I started a green business (vegan restaurant) recently, I cannot  claim to be perfect, but at least I feel that I am trying with greater energy and spirit.
Couple of articles for you to go through and ponder upon:


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