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Famous Vegetarians: Buddha, Socrates, Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, Percy Shelley, Albert Schweitzer, Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi, George Bernard Shaw, John Harvey Kellog, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Franz Kafka, and Oliver Goldsmith.

There have been several vegetarian astronauts. Timothy J. (TJ) Creamer (Lieutenant Colonel, USA) NASA Astronaut (Mission Specialist Candidate).  Kalpana Chawla was both a strict vegetarian and an astronaut.  She died when the shuttle Columbia broke up in 2003.

Approximately 8% of Californians are vegetarians.

Male mosquitoes are vegetarians and live on plant nectar and juices.  Only female mosquitoes drink blood - they need the protein to make eggs.
(Discover magazine, August 2007)

The majority (66%) of kosher food products are consumed by non-Jews.  Many vegetarians, Muslims, and Hindus, and Seventh Day Adventists (in addition to Jews) also use kosher certification as a way to adhere to religious, cultural and personal dietary restrictions.
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In the U.S., white middle class, highly educated individuals are most likely to become vegetarian, and nearly 70% of vegetarians are women. (2006)
Denise A. Copelton, Food & Foodways, Vol 14 # 1)

The Hindu Brahmin community of Western Maharashtra from the Konkan region -- known as Konkanastha Brahmins -- eat what has often been acclaimed as the healthiest vegetarian cuisine.  Dinner features leafy green veggies, sprouted pulses (like mung beans) and breads made from millet.  All washed down with home made buttermilk.  They generally eat only what is in season.
(from Newsletter Subscriber, Surekha Laxmann Gholap)



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