Contribution of Vedic culture in spreading vegetarianism in the West

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The Hare Krishna movement has spearheaded the growth of vegetarianism in the West.
“The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has contributed tremendously to the growth of vegetarianism in the U.S. and elsewhere, and for that… it deserves the gratitude and respect of the civilized world.”
–Dr. Alex Hershaft, Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM)
“The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is doing a superb job of letting people know that vegetarian food is healthful, delicious, and pleasing to the eye.”
–Scott Smith, Associate Editor, Vegetarian Times
In his 2004 book, Holy Cow: the Hare Krishna Contribution to Vegetarianism and Animal Rights, when describing the Hare Krishna Food For Life program, Steven Rosen (Satyaraja dasa) quotes Srila Prabhupada as having said:
“To distribute prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food offered to the Lord) to millions of hungry people hankering for spiritual emancipation. This is the mission of the Krishna consciousness movement.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.9 purport)
According to Steven Rosen, A Nigerian radio station compared the Hare Krishna Food For Life program with “the second coming of Jesus, because just as he fed the masses, so the Hare Krishnas were feeding thousands of people.”

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