Dr. Sylvia Karpagam – India’s Vegetarian Myth

22 Sep 2019 one comment paleocanteen Categories Uncategorized

My guest on this episode is Dr. Sylvia Karpagam, who is an Indian Public Health doctor, writer, illustrator and researcher with an inter-religion, inter-caste, and inter-language background. We talk about:

  • Causes of malnutrtion in india, including withholding of nutritious animal foods.
  • How 80% of India actually eats meat and it’s a myth that it is a vegetarian country.
  • How the EAT/Lancet group are co-opting and feeding off this myth.
  • Role of dominant castes and how they influence traditional eating and policy
  • How until recently, a ‘love of animals’ hasn’t figured in the explanation of this behaviour.
  • How eating beef has resulted in lynching and murder.

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Sylvia can be found at:

Blog – https://drsylviakarpagam.wordpress.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/sakie339

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The researcher that Sylvia references is Balmurli Natarajan whose paper is called “‘Provincialising’ Vegetarianism Putting Indian Food Habits In Their Place”.