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Next time, I am out and about, I will eat Soul Burgers.

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He sees himself on the forefront of fighting climate change as a global shift to a vegan diet will cut food related GHG emissions by 70%.

-By Surinder Jain

Amit Tiwari, founder of Soul Burgers fast food chain of restaurants in Australia, prides on selling tasty burgers with no animal meat in them. A burger without cruelty to animals (assuming killing is cruelty) and good for the environment (meat production is one of the major factors for climate change) is certainly good for the Soul, a soul burger.

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Source : www.soulburgers.com.au

According to Soul Burger’s web site, plants are the future of meat! Although we make look at Amit and his Soul Burger joint as a fast food outlet, he doesn’t see it that way.  He sees himself and his burgers as leading a global movement in keeping animals out of slaughterhouses and off our menus. Plant-based foods also reduces the risk of chronic disease and are lower in calories than a typical meat burger.

Amit Tiwari also believes that he is selling more than burgers. He sees himself on the forefront of fighting climate change as a global shift to a vegan diet will cut food related GHG emissions by 70%. Every plant based burger helps save the planet!

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Source : www.soulburgers.com.au

If cruelty and climate change were not enough, Amit also believes that his burgers can eliminate poverty. How? Well, by shifting to plant based foods, we cease contributing to inflated grain prices used to feed livestock, creating stronger food security in developing countries. He sees a shift to his burgers will thus help feed millions of hungry mouths.

Also Read: Eat Less Meat To Meet Climate Targets: Study

Next time, I am out and about, I will eat Soul Burgers. It will help me stay healthy, help keep earth from becoming an inferno and will help me gain punya (merit) by feeding the poor. (Hindu Council Of Australia, http://hinducouncil.com.au/new/)

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Study: Not Only Animal Meat, Veggies Also Transmit Anitibiotic-Resistant Bacteria to Human Gut

This estimate is based on patients who directly acquire antibiotic-resistant superbugs from eating meat

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They grew lettuce, exposed it to antibiotic-resistant E. coli, fed it to the mice and analyzed their faecal samples over time. Pixabay

Not just animal meat but plant-based foods are also serving as vehicles for transmitting antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the gut microbiome of humans, warn researchers. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that of the two million antibiotic-resistant infections per year in the country, 20 per cent are linked to agriculture.

This estimate is based on patients who directly acquire antibiotic-resistant superbugs from eating meat. “Our findings highlight the importance of tackling food-borne antibiotic-resistance from a complete food chain perspective that includes plant-foods in addition to meat,” said Marlene Maeusli from Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

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This estimate is based on patients who directly acquire antibiotic-resistant superbugs from eating meat. Pixabay

To reach this conclusion, the researchers developed a novel, lettuce-mouse model system that does not cause immediate illness to mimic consumption of superbugs with plant-foods. They grew lettuce, exposed it to antibiotic-resistant E. coli, fed it to the mice and analyzed their faecal samples over time.

“We found differences in the ability of bacteria to silently colonize the gut after ingestion, depending on a variety of host and bacterial factors,” said Maeusli. “We mimicked antibiotic and antacid treatments, as both could affect the ability of superbugs to survive passage from the stomach to the intestines.”

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10th Anniversary of Eat less Meat campaign by Hindu Council. Pixabay

Little has been done till date to determine how eating plants contributes to the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs from plants to humans is different from outbreaks of diarrheal illnesses caused immediately after eating contaminated vegetables.

ALSO READ: Swimming in Ocean Alters Skin Microbiome and Increases Risk of Ear, Skin Infection: Study

Superbugs can asymptomatically hide in or “colonize” the intestines for months or even years, when they then escape the intestine and cause an infection, such as a urinary infection.

“We continue to seek the plant characteristics and host factors that result in key microbial community shifts in the gut that put us at risk for colonization and those that prevent it,” said the researchers at the meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. (IANS)