Sunday, March 19, 2006

The green dot

If you a vegetarian, you would be happy in India. The sheer range of vegetarian food on offer is mind blowing.

If you are fastidious about vegetarian packaged food too, watch out for the green dot. For over years now, the green dot is the symbol of vegetarian food. Apart from this you would see a red dot too for non vegetarian food (including hidden meat ingredients or egg, even in medicines, toothpaste etc.). This is useful since a lot of Indians would prefer to avoid hidden meat ingredients (such as egg in cakes); they are not vegetarians who avoid eating meat in raw form only.

My guess this is the only country which has such a symbolic system of marking vegetarian and non vegetarian food. In India about 20-30 percent of the population is vegetarian and such a nomenclature is a universal way of communicating the contents without dependency of language yet being indicative enough.

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