Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

South Asia and Food

  • James StewartEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_518

Throughout South Asia, food consumption practices are intimately concerned with motives related to prudence, such as eating foods that promote better health, but also with more complex religious motives. For example, the view that certain food practices can lead to spiritual pollution is a serious issue in Hindu India. Furthermore, food practices are often governed by wider concerns over the treatment of animals. This, in turn, is frequently motivated by religious sentiment. Despite their divergent religious traditions, Buddhists and Hindus both often reject the consumption of beef because it involves the slaughter of cows, an animal that is widely venerated throughout South Asia. Other matters of ethical significance in modern South Asia include issues around questionable labor practices in the agricultural and animal husbandry sector.

The Vedasare a body of sacred texts that have been influential within indigenous Indian religions. In these texts, food plays a prominent role. Food...

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  1. 1.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia