'Growing demand for vegetarian food here'
The massive feedback received on draft standards on vegetarian food
proves that there is a growing demand for vegetarian food in Sri Lanka,
Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka
"This fact came to light at a public forum on vegetarian food held on
Wednesday to discuss the introduction of standards on preparation,
serving and selling of vegetarian food," the Minister said. He said the
move to introduce standards on vegetarian food was initiated on a
request by the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress.
Minister Ranawaka observed there is a high inclination in South Asia
towards the consumption of vegetarian food. The Minister also said high
standard vegetarian food will be introduced in the country with the
cooperation of Sri Lanka Standard Institution before Poson Poya Day.
"Researchers have found that stress, aggression are caused by the
consumption of non vegetarian food. Non vegetarian food also contributes
to obesity, Cholesterol, heart disease and cancer. Furthermore,
vegetarian food contributes to healthy and environment friendly life
styles," he said.
Public opinion during the forum was that being vegetarian does not
affect physical growth and nutrition. Participants were also of the view
that vegetables and fruits contain more nutrition than non vegetarian
People who participated in the forum also pointed out that the
nutrition levels of each food item should be clearly mentioned in the
packets to obtain the standard certificate. "Non vegetarian food
production also contributes to carbon emissions and harmful gases, such
as, CO2, Methane, Nitrous oxide which cause environment hazards.