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The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism
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THE MORAL BASIS OF VEGETARIANISM
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have, by reason of its extent and variety of climate, a most liberal supply of fruits, vegetables and milk. Yet it is the poorest country in this respect. I therefore suggested what seemed to me to be feasible. But I heartily endorse the proposition that for retaining health fresh fruit and fresh vegetables should form the main part of our diet. It is for the medical profession to study the peculiar condition of India and suggest the list of vegetables and fruit which are or can be easily and cheaply grown in the villages for local consumption. Wild berries, for instance, grow abundantly. They may not be taken to the market for sale but can used for the picking. This is a vast field for research. It can bring neither money nor perhaps fame. But it may earn the gratitude of dumb millions.

     Harijan, 15-3-1942

Green Leaves

      I had introduced to me the leaves of sarsav, suwa, turnip-tops, carrot-tops, radish-tops and pea-nut leaves. Besides these, it is hardly necessary to state that the radish, turnip and carrot tubers are also known to be edible in their raw state. It is waste of money and 'good' taste, to cook these leaves or tubers. The vitamins contained in these vegetables are wholly or partially lost in cooking. I have called cooking these waste of 'good' taste because the uncooked vegetables have a natural good taste of their own which is destroyed by cooking.

     Harijan, 15-2-1935

Condiments

      Common salt may be rightly counted as the king among condiments. Many people cannot eat their food without it . The body requires certain salts and common salt is one of them. These salts occur naturally in the

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