In most cultures of the past, vegetarianism was promoted as an ideal lifestyle. How have religions influenced our food choices over the centuries? Vijayendra Murthy, an ayurvedic physician and researcher, expresses his opinion on this topic.
"When I think about the history of vegetarianism, to be honest, what divided the world into a vegetarian dominant world and a meat eating world are the influences of religions. Because before Christianity, pagans and many other pre-Christian practices and religious beliefs, the Greek, they all actually were prescribing to vegetarianism. And when that became replaced with Christianity, that let to wiping out the vegetarian values. And what we must notice is that, despite has being very secular, very rational thinking, when religion has ruled the human society for hundreds of years, much like the governments do, off course that distorts the behavior of the society. When societies became more secular and more and more individuals took into spirituality, not so much buying into the rules of religion, I feel that that's also one of the reasons why vegetarianism is coming back or veganism is coming back. Because there is this ability to question what I eat based on rationality and from a spiritual human prospective, not by an organization, a church that prescribes what you should eat and what you should not eat".
This is a video of the web-tv Veggie Channel.
Director: Massimo Leopardi
Editor: Julia Ovchinnikova