In thinking about plant foods, many of us seem to don culturally-and-market- driven blinkers. We hear people repeat things such as plant-based foods are not exciting, tasty, diverse, and cool enough. As we deny more, these ideas grow on us and exercise more power on us.
However, the truth is quite contrary. Let us consider the diverse wonders that Nature has provisioned for us in the form of plants, aptly summarized by Dr. Will Tuttle in the chapter, “Food’s Power” of his masterpiece, World Peace Diet:
“Most plant foods are fruits and seeds released from grasses, herbs, trees, vines, and other plants…. For example, grains such as wheat, oats, rice, corn, barley, quinoa, rye, and millet are the seeds and fruits of cereal grasses. Legumes such as soybeans, chickpeas, lentils, peas, beans, and peanuts are the seeds of leguminous plants. Fruit-vegetables like tomatoes, squashes, peppers, pumpkins, okra, eggplants, and cucumbers are the fruits and seeds of herbaceous plants. Fruits and seeds released from trees and other plants make up many of the other plant foods we eat, such as apples, oranges, bananas, papayas, avocados, breadfruit, melons, grapes, lemons, plums, peaches, cherries, apricots, olives, figs, dates, and other fruits; blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and other berries; pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, cashews, almonds, coconuts, and other nuts; and sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cocoa, flax seeds, pinenuts, and other seeds. Some foods are seed-bearing flowers, like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and artichokes, or spore-bearing fruits of underground fungi, like mushrooms, or starchy tubers like potatoes and yams. A few are roots, like carrots and beets, or leaves, like chard, cabbage, and lettuce, or stalks, like asparagus, celery, and sugarcane.”
Whoa, that’s a lot, isn’t it! To bring this idea into our homes and hearth, Bangalore, this Sunday, February 24, 2013 will see its FIRST vegan gourmand food fair called the VGF, replete with decadent deliciousness! Yes, there will be vegan cheese, curds, barfis, exotic pickles, chocolate truffles, multi-grain cupcakes, exotic cupcakes, gluten-free orange-almond cakes, banana walnut cake, carrot cake, exotic coffee chocolate, Ferrero Rocher cake, butterscotch cake, banana chocolate chip muffins, cinnamon buns, tofu scramble sandwiches, stir fried tofu, cashew milk beverage, coconut butter, vegan ice cream.... It is a day to spoil yourself with vegan choices, a day to first-hand experience the diversity and deliciousness of vegan food!
For the complete details of VGF, please visit this page on Veganosaurus blog.
To join the VGF event instantly, please visit the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/369646956475934.
Dr. Will Tuttle in the same chapter of World Peace Diet continues:
“Behind the plant foods on our plates, we see orchards and gardens, fields, forests, and seasons, and people nurturing and tending plants. If they are organically grown with sustainable and small-scale methods, we see the beauty and abundance of the earth yielding delicious and healthy foods to hands that practice caring and work in harmony with nature’s rhythms.
Looking deeply, we see that there is very little suffering caused by eating these foods…. unlike animals, which are mobile and thus need a nervous system with pain receptors to help them avoid self-damaging behaviors, plants have nothing analogous to a physical nervous system or pain receptors. Since they are rooted and stationary, there is no reason for nature to grant mechanisms that would help them by allowing them to feel pain.”
Let us keep it this way in our hearts, forever. Come to the VGF and experience Food’s Power.