|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
17th World Vegetarian Congress 1963
DANGERS OF MEATEATING
Whenever man has meddled with his food, he has diminished its value. And this was never more true than it is today. At a recent Conference of dieticians in the U.S.A., the President referred to Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring, in which the dangers of modern insecticides and sprays are exposed, as the best and most practical book he had ever read.
Not only has man turned from his earlier simple wholesome diet to an
unnatural diet, he is now artificially changing the diet of his animals.
This is sound evidence that there is a new argument for vegetarianism.
Many years ago there was a humid year, cattle fodder became mouldy.
It was noticed that the animals grew fatter and bigger. So the peasants
began to dampen the cattle fodder each year to get larger animals. They
were fed on mouldy food for 150 years. And then it was noticed that
this coincided with a serious increase in heart diseases. So the practice
was stopped and the number of cases of heart disease decreased.
Then in 1938 Dr. Fleming discovered penicillin and in 1943 mass production
and use of penicillin and antibiotics was begun in treatment of various
diseases. A decrease in infectious illness was accompanied by a serious
increase in heart diseases. A German doctor drew attention to the dangers
of indiscriminate use of this drug-but it is now being fed to animals
because it is found that the animal grows more quickly with this addition.
So called supple-mentary foods are being sold in ever increasing quantities:
At the present time more than 1 million tons are being sold and this
can only be stopped by law.
Following the increase in penicillin in meat there has been an enormous
increase in the number of cases of heart disease-an epidemic.
Another example of this increasing danger in a non-vegetarian diet
is the effect of the addition of a feminine hormone to poultry food
to encourage growth in chickens. After eating quantities of such chicken
it was noticed that a certain battalion of soldiers were developing
women's breasts. Chicken Soup Powder, containing, not the whole chicken,
but only certain parts, was even more devastating in its effects.
Thus, meat nowadays contains substances which engender diseases in man.
The practical and spiritual aspects of vegetarianism are both important. One cannot raise the spiritual level of people who are fed on inferior foods. Therefore we must teach man how to eat good, sensible, wholesome vegetarian food, to take care of his body, The Temple of the Holy Spirit.