The taboo against eating beef in India is a good example of how economic issues can be intertwined with religious beliefs in modern food systems. How does Harris, a cultural materialist, explain the beef taboo?
Within the Indian society the cattle are used in alternate ways that in the US. Cattle are used as farming equipment, and transportation, as well as using their biproducts for food and their excrement as an energy source. According to Harris this beef taboo, which many have started as a way to separate themselves from the invading muslims, now helps to sustain their economy and their way of life.