A Johnsen’s letter is so far from the truth it must be answered,
Vegetarianism is not new. Reference to it is found in the Bible: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” (Genesis 1:29)
The Pythagoreans of ancient Greece were vegetarians as were the yogis of ancient India and today yogis are still required to be vegetarians. Meanwhile tofu was an invention of the ancient Chinese, and among the Chinese today vegetarianism is a well-understood concept. Note the annual Vegetarian Festival in Thailand.
Few people live in the arctic regions or desert regions of the world where plant food is not readily available.
Vegetarianism in fact brings together the people of the world’s religions, be they Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, or liberal Jews, and also people of no religious faith who are ethical vegetarians.