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itsasecrettoeverybody:

Of all the convoluted rationalizations for eating meat in an age when eating meat is not at all necessary for our survival or health, many people today are borrowing a popular slogan I like to call “the personal choice self deception.” It goes something like this: “My decision to eat meat is a personal choice.” And it is usually followed by a statement sympathetic to their vegan and vegetarian friends, acknowledging that they too are making personal choices that are right for them. Sounds great on the surface, but it’s what lurks beyond the surface that I find deeply disturbing for five key reasons.

1. Eating is a communal, multi-cultural activity until the vegan sits down at the table

First, let’s take a closer look at what personal means in the context of the highly social human activity of eating. Personal food choices had never been discussed at the dinner table until a growing number of vegans and vegetarians — by their very presence at the table — question the legitimacy of eating animals. A person who tells you that their meat eating is a personal choice is really telling you “stay away.” They don’t want you to question their highly-coveted moral beliefs or perhaps they object to exposing their unexamined moral quandary over how one can justify using and killing animals for food in an age when it is completely unnecessary. In other words, They have made this issue personal precisely in response to you making it public.

2. There is no free choice without awareness

The irony is that while meat eaters defend their choice to eat meat as a personal one, they will nonetheless go to great lengths to defend it publicly when confronted with a vegan or vegetarian. Like some apologetic white liberals who defend themselves by defiantly exclaiming to a new black acquaintance, “But I have black friends too!”, some meat eaters will go to great lengths to explain how intimately they understand veganism since they have vegan friends, have already heard and evaluated their reasons for going vegan and respect them dearly.

They’ve considered being vegan carefully, they will assure you, and have concluded that it’s just not for them. But instead of arriving at some novel new understanding of why humans should eat meat, they simply revert back to the traditional arguments that are all pretty much centered around what social psychologist Melanie Joy calls the three N’s of justification: eating meat is normal, natural and necessary. (1) But their reasoning reveals the fact that they have sorely overlooked the big idea behind veganism which author Jenny Brown points out so eloquently in her book The Lucky Ones: “We can become prisoners of our earliest indoctrinations or we can choose to look critically at our assumptions and align our lives with our values. Choosing to live vegan is how we re able to do that best.” (2)

3. The choice has a victim and the victim is completely ignored

Let’s take a look at the issue from the animal victim’s perspective which has been completely denied by the meat eater’s unexamined assumption that animals have no interest or understanding of the value of their individual lives. Does the animal who is being bred, raised and slaughtered for someone’s food care if the person who is eating meat has given the prospect of becoming vegan any serious moral consideration? Of course not.

The notion that these conscious meat eaters think they have done their due diligence by examining the pros and cons of eating animals means nothing for those that value their lives as we do. The fact is the animals we raise for meat have at least as much of an interest in staying alive, avoiding pain and suffering and seeking pleasure as these meat eaters’ pets. As activist Twyla Francois so aptly puts it: “All animals have the same capacity for suffering, but how we see them differs and that determines what we’ll tolerate happening to them. In the western world, we feel it wrong to torture and eat cats and dogs, but perfectly acceptable to do the same to animals equally as sentient and capable of suffering. No being who prides himself on rationality can continue to support such behaviour.”

4. Many personal choices we make have dire consequence for ourselves and others

Now let’s take a closer look at the meaning of choice itself. The act of making a choice implies that the actor has free will and awareness of the options and their consequences. In the spirit of justice, we live in a society where our actions and choices are governed by what society deems acceptable. We can make a personal choice to maim, rape or kill someone, but these actions will have consequences that serve as a deterrent. It is generally accepted in a democratic society that we are free to do what we want as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else or infringe on the same rights and freedoms of others.

Yet, for the meat eater, the choice of eating animals is completely disconnected from this concept of justice since justice does NOT for them apply to other species, only to humans (how convenient). In other words, there are no visible, negative consequences to eating meat. The victims remain invisible and silent to those who eat them, and that is perhaps the greatest deception of all.

5. Atrocities are never personal

In reality, the choice to eat meat negates the very meaning of choice because the animal that had to be killed to procure the meat had no choice in the matter at all. And the notion of characterizing such a choice as a personal one is even more problematic since the choice required the taking of another’s life, not a personal sacrifice. Nothing could be more public than the taking of a sentient life that cares about his own life, particularly when the act is not necessary and therefore not morally defensible.

When 60 billion land animals and another approximate 60 billion marine animals are killed every year across the planet for “personal” food choices made by a single species that are based on palate pleasure alone, eating meat ceases to be a matter of personal choice; (4) it becomes a social justice movement to protect the rights of animals. To deny animals the right to live their lives according to their own interests is wrong and to attempt to defend our choice to eat them as a personal one is delusional.

See Seven Reasons Why Man Has NOT Evolved to Eat Meat

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Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. 

The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary, but they will check where the goods can be found, Bognar said. Regional public radio reported that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to the thousands of hectares in the country. Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered they were using GMO seeds.

 

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Guy has this to say about his American Kitchen & Bar

[It] will showcase a wide-ranging menu full of the big, bold flavors Fieri is known for, as well as three full bars, a California-centric wine list, and an extensive draft beer program featuring signature beers craft brewed for Fieri right in New York City.

However Bryan Mytko thought he’d put together a bunch of tweets, to make fun of someone I can only describe as low hanging fruit, with this parody menu… 

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I think intellectual property is fucking ridiculous and, keep in mind, there is no copyrighting a tweet… From what I can tell credit hasn’t been given to  who about 50% of the menu was ‘borrowed’autisticpetdadboner, who weighed in on whether stealing is stealing, even on Twitter or Pauline Vassiliadis who actually designed the menu. Here, here, here, herehere, and here are some specific examples. 

For his part, Mytko released a statement saying he didn’t mention Vassiliadis because “she doesn’t have twitter,” and didn’t think his prank would blow up. Vassiliadis has yet to respond.

Mytko continues:

I barely use Twitter and have no idea who @DadBoner @a_girl_irl @DinkMagic@Lowenaffchen etc. are. If any of the content was stolen from them, well, I have no idea what to tell you. Laugh at the menu or don’t. There are more important things to stress over in life than Twitter.

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New Hampshire, Wyoming and Nebraska are the latest states to introduce ALEC backed Ag-Gag laws aimed at preventing employees, journalists or activists from exposing illegal or unethical practices on factory farms. Lawmakers in 10 other states introduced similar bills in 2011-2012.  The laws passed in three of those states: Missouri, Iowa and Utah.  But consumer and animal-welfare activists prevented the laws from passing in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and Tennessee.

In all, six states now have Ag-Gag laws, including North Dakota, Montana and Kansas, all of which passed the laws in 1990-1991, before the term “Ag-Gag” was coined.

Wyoming’s HB 0126 is the perfect example of a direct link between an undercover investigation of a factory farm and the introduction of an Ag-Gag law. The bill was introduced after nine factory workers were charged with animal cruelty following an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. HSUS activists videotaped workers kicking live piglets, swinging them by their hind legs and beating and kicking mother pigs. State Rep. Sue Wallis and Senator Ogden Driskill introduced the bill which would make it a criminal act to carry out investigations that exposed the cruelty at Wyoming Premium Farms.

The idea behind the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act is to make it illegal to “enter an animal or research facility to take pictures by photograph, video camera, or other or other means with the intent to commit criminal activities or defame the facility or its owner.”

(Source: action4animals, via angryvegan)

alithea:

canisfamiliaris:

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?
The answer is NO.
The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
(via sunfoundation)

this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.

Although food deserts exist, rarely is there an area where beans, rice, onions, peppers, and S&P aren’t available. Sometimes the store is Asian or Mexican but there is something. You want to get mad at rice and beans for being boring? I’m mad you think a Big Mac is somehow more wealth affirming. We are sick as a country and mind shift. WE DO NOT DESERVE SHIT AS FOOD and WE ARE NOT MORE IMPORTANT FOR EATING MEAT. 
Also, stop jumping to the worst possible scenario. Most people who choose fast food are not single mothers with 4 or more children. I don’t know ANYONE that doesn’t put at least an hour and a half into their chores most days. We all multi task. Children should be brought into home care not pushed aside. 
Why are you so sure the article was shaming a class of people? IMO they were pointing out healthy and cheeper way to eat. Think about this… peasant food, the simple fair made from the cheapest available products, has been prepared by those that work the hardest and have the least time. The dishes are designed to be slow cooked and keep for days. This idea that fast food is ok because poor people don’t have time to feed themselves is insulting. 
Lastly - Fresh produce is NOT expensive. A bag of chips is $1, an apple is at least half. Cooking time? How long does chicken take to cook? How long does it take to drive to fast food? Save some money and cook for yourself. I get a big thing of EVOO for under $10, so make beans and rice ONCE and you can get yourself some too. Buy bread and if you’re afraid the rest of that $3 loaf will go bad freeze what isn’t used, it takes very little time to thaw. 

alithea:

canisfamiliaris:

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

The answer is NO.

The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

(via sunfoundation)

this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!

  1. that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
  2. the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
  3. also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
  4. that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
  5. same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
  6. there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
  7. you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
  8. seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
  9. eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
  10. there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.

Although food deserts exist, rarely is there an area where beans, rice, onions, peppers, and S&P aren’t available. Sometimes the store is Asian or Mexican but there is something. You want to get mad at rice and beans for being boring? I’m mad you think a Big Mac is somehow more wealth affirming. We are sick as a country and mind shift. WE DO NOT DESERVE SHIT AS FOOD and WE ARE NOT MORE IMPORTANT FOR EATING MEAT. 

Also, stop jumping to the worst possible scenario. Most people who choose fast food are not single mothers with 4 or more children. I don’t know ANYONE that doesn’t put at least an hour and a half into their chores most days. We all multi task. Children should be brought into home care not pushed aside. 

Why are you so sure the article was shaming a class of people? IMO they were pointing out healthy and cheeper way to eat. Think about this… peasant food, the simple fair made from the cheapest available products, has been prepared by those that work the hardest and have the least time. The dishes are designed to be slow cooked and keep for days. This idea that fast food is ok because poor people don’t have time to feed themselves is insulting. 

Lastly - Fresh produce is NOT expensive. A bag of chips is $1, an apple is at least half. Cooking time? How long does chicken take to cook? How long does it take to drive to fast food? Save some money and cook for yourself. I get a big thing of EVOO for under $10, so make beans and rice ONCE and you can get yourself some too. Buy bread and if you’re afraid the rest of that $3 loaf will go bad freeze what isn’t used, it takes very little time to thaw. 

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

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thepeoplesrecord:

In rare strike, NYC fast-food workers walk outNovember 29, 2012
New York City fast food workers walked off the job, launching a rare strike against a nearly union-free industry. Organizers expect workers at dozens of stores to join the one-day strike, a bold challenge to an industry whose low wages, limited hours and precarious employment typify a growing portion of the U.S. economy.
New York City workers are organizing at McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Papa John’s. Organizers expect today’s strike to include workers from almost all of those chains, with the largest group coming from McDonald’s; the company did not respond to a request for comment.
But employees were clear about their reasons for walking out. “They’re not paying us enough to survive,” McDonald’s worker Raymond Lopez told Salon in a pre-strike interview. Lopez said he decided to join today’s strike because “This company has enough money to pay us a reasonable amount for all that we do … they’re just not going to give it to us as long as they can get away with it. I think we need to be heard.”

Read more!
Solidarity to all striking workers across the world!

thepeoplesrecord:

In rare strike, NYC fast-food workers walk out
November 29, 2012

New York City fast food workers walked off the job, launching a rare strike against a nearly union-free industry. Organizers expect workers at dozens of stores to join the one-day strike, a bold challenge to an industry whose low wages, limited hours and precarious employment typify a growing portion of the U.S. economy.

New York City workers are organizing at McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Papa John’s. Organizers expect today’s strike to include workers from almost all of those chains, with the largest group coming from McDonald’s; the company did not respond to a request for comment.

But employees were clear about their reasons for walking out. “They’re not paying us enough to survive,” McDonald’s worker Raymond Lopez told Salon in a pre-strike interview. Lopez said he decided to join today’s strike because “This company has enough money to pay us a reasonable amount for all that we do … they’re just not going to give it to us as long as they can get away with it. I think we need to be heard.”

Read more!

Solidarity to all striking workers across the world!

(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

ProPublica reporter Dave Philipps investigated why the Bureau of Land Management has sold so many horses to Tom Davis. The program is meant to maintain a sustainable balance among the herds. Like all buyers in the program, Davis signs a contract promising the 700 - 1,400 lb animals will not be slaughtered and insists he finds them good homes. But Davis is a longtime advocate of horse slaughter, and he refuses to disclose where the horses end up. Animal welfare advocates fear the horses he buys are being sent to Mexico for slaughter then shipped to Europe for food.

More; According to the BLM Davis accounted for 70% of their entire sale program. AND each horse ends up costing him $10. If the government shipped him 30 horses he would pay $300 DELIVERED but shipping a horse costs $5,000 taxpayer dollars. So let’s say that the government’s total expense is $35,000. He pays $300. Davis has enjoyed “a long business relationship” with the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar including trying to enlist the help of his brother, our state Department of Agriculture chief, to start his own horse slaughter plant next to his ranch in San Luis Valley, Colorado. 

You can listen, watch or read the transcript.

undercoveranarchist:

Every time someone mentions that I should read The Vegetarian Myth a tide of anger comes over me.  Mostly because the amount of ex-vegans who have used it for there main justification for giving up on Veganism and animal rights (while pretty much ignoring the main problem pointed out by the book and even over looked by it’s own author in choosing to name the book the way she did - vegans and veges aren’t the problem - capitalism and the industrial agriculture it spawned are the true evil, and an evil we all participate in whether vegan or meat eater).

So lets point out the floors in her argument (feel free to add to them if I’ve missed any)

5mins in she starts to say you can not get the ‘complete proteins’ from a vegan or vegetarian diet.  Lies. 

She then says that there are vitamins and fats you also cannot get an will DIE without.  Well I’m 28 and be vegan my whole life, and as I am typing this now I am not deceased… and supposedly you will have deficiency’s, as it stands I have no known problems.

6mins 30secs another supposed you’ll die moment. Nope still here.  She then starts to claim you will get cancer or diabetes.  Both diseases that are rife in the diets of those who eat a lot red meat diet.

Link to an article on the links between red meat and diabetes - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=red-meat-diabtetes

Link to article on red meat increasing the risk of cancer and heart problems -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17345967

At around 10mins she starts going off about red fatty meats and organs being good for you. 

Article on red meats links to cancers (also state that vegetarians were 40% less likely to get cancer compared to meat eaters). - http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/meat.php

You could also look up the information surrounding the china study and the increases in diseases and health decline in China correlated to increased meat and fast food intakes. http://www.thechinastudy.com/

11mins 55secs Claims her spinal problems were directly linked to her being a vegan (which she admits she wasn’t 100% as she still claims to of cheated with certain non vegan foods on a regular basis).  She has absolutely no evidence to support her claims.  It’s merely assumptions on her behalf.

12mins 53secs Possibly her most outrageous and offensive claim of all

“People that eat low fat diets have 4x the suicide rate, and not just suicide but violent death and murder rate.  So you’re not stable when you don’t get enough fat”

Her argument that follows this about factory farming is right to some degree, but doesn’t support her anti vegan stance, and in fact is more so an anti meat eating one.  Her argument is against industrial farming (and rightly so), she should of focused on that instead of trying to find justification for why she gave up on a supposedly vegan diet. 

You can understand the real damage that is being done to this planet, attempt to reject and find alternatives for industrial agriculture while still refraining from the cruelty of the meat and dairy industries, because there is no such thing as ethical meat and just because something was raised locally does not mean it is free from cruelty. 

Also check out the book being ripped apart here - http://vegetarianmythmyth.wordpress.com/category/the-vegetarian-myth-chapter-1/

You cannot slit a beings throat ethically.

(Source: strange--glue, via starmichael)

josephdenne:

Fast-food logos burned into pleasure center of children’s brains
A study has found that fast-food logos are branded into the minds of children at an early age, perhaps fueling the West’s obesity epidemic. The study showed children 60 logos from popular food brands and 60 logos from popular non-food brands. Researchers found that, when shown images of fast-food brands, the parts of kids’ brains linked with pleasure and appetite lit up. This is concerning because marketers tap into those portions of the brain long before children develop self-control, and most foods marketed to kids are high in calories, sugar, sodium, and fat.

josephdenne:

Fast-food logos burned into pleasure center of children’s brains

A study has found that fast-food logos are branded into the minds of children at an early age, perhaps fueling the West’s obesity epidemic. The study showed children 60 logos from popular food brands and 60 logos from popular non-food brands. Researchers found that, when shown images of fast-food brands, the parts of kids’ brains linked with pleasure and appetite lit up. This is concerning because marketers tap into those portions of the brain long before children develop self-control, and most foods marketed to kids are high in calories, sugar, sodium, and fat.

(via starmichael)

"About 2,000 pounds of grains must be supplied to livestock in order to produce enough meat and other livestock products to support a person for a year, whereas 400 pounds of grain eaten directly will support a person for a year. Thus, a given quantity of grain eaten directly will feed 5 times as many people as it will if it is eaten indirectly by humans in the form of livestock products.…" - M.E. Ensminger, PhD

cats-house:

veganbooks:

In other words, Veganism helps stop human starvation. We care about people too. 

Mathematics, one can not simply beat it.

Tags: vegan food

chemicalfreelife:

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GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD:  Monsanto, GMO-Corn & Pesticides…Carcinogenic Outcomes in Recent Animal Study

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A New Study Says Pesticides Can Lead To Tumors In Rats
Business Insider

A controversial French study that was released on Wednesday alleges that rats fed genetically modified corn or exposed to certain pesticides by Monsanto — one of the biggest agricultural companies in the U.S. — developed tumors and organ damage.

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(via from-meat-to-bean)

McDonald’s, the world’s second biggest food outlet after Subway, is bowing to local demand and opens its first vegetarian restaurant in India. India’s fast-food market is growing at an annual rate of 25-30 per cent, and sales are expected to surge from $12.6bn in 2011 to $14.9bn in 2016, according to Euromonitor International.

But McDonald’s was nearly tossed out of India a decade ago after it was reported that beef flavouring was put into oil used to cook French fries. As part of an agreement, donated $10 million to Hindu and other groups in the US.

In India, its menu is typically 50% vegetarian. Both India’s Hindu majority, who see cows as sacred and avoid beef, and Muslims, who view pigs as unclean and avoid pork, can eat the same meat-free dishes. McDonald’s signature dish in India is the McAloo Tikki burger, which uses a spiced potato-based filling. It accounts for 25% of total sales.

McDonald’s will open the outlet in the middle of next year, near the Golden Temple in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in northern India. Where religious authorities forbid consumption of meat at the shrine.

McDonald’s veggie items will face stiff competition against traditional dishes and eating practices at langar (the common kitchen where food is served to visitors from all religions - for free and is meant to impart that everyone is equal before God.)
"As a devotee, I would go to langar at the Golden Temple, rather than going to McDonald’s,” Amarinder Singh, a Vodafone employee from Cochin.

The chain plans to open another vegetarian outlet in north-western India, near the Vaishno Devi cave shrine in Kashmir, which is a Hindu pilgrimage site that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

Ram Madhav, spokesman of Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said the US multinational threatens India’s food industry, as well as its culture.
"These companies are also seen as symbols of American economic imperialism," Madhav told Al Jazeera. "On those grounds we continue to oppose the entry … into Indian retail."

As well as being a way to try to penetrate the India market, if it takes off at all it’ll provide a valuable testing ground for the general concept. There are over 15 million vegetarians in the United States, for example, which is bigger than the population of Belgium, Greece, or Pennsylvania. A vegetarian fast food concept that works could have legs in many places around the world.

Rajesh Kumar Maini, a spokesman for McDonald’s India, told the Financial Times: “A vegetarian store makes absolute sense in the places which are famous as pilgrimage sites.” and Al Jazeera. “We have always been cognizant of the religion-based and other sensitivities of our customers, …We believe this endeavour of ours will also be well accepted.”



The FDA’s analysis, including 200 samples, showed average levels of 3.5 to 6.7 micrograms of inorganic per serving. Consumer Reports, with 223 samples, found levels up to 8.7 micrograms. That is roughly equivalent to one gram of in 115,000 servings of rice.

So far, officials say they have found no evidence that suggests is unsafe to eat. The agency has studied the issue for decades but is in the middle of conducting a new study of 1,200 samples of grocery-store products – short and long-grain , adult and baby cereals, drinks and even cakes – to measure levels.

Arsenic concentrates in the shells of rise. BROWN RICE has more arsenic than white rice because it contains the shells.

The best way I’ve heard to decrease the arsenic is to boil the rice as you would pasta, LOTS OF WATER, then strain when done.