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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, GERMANY, October 8, 2001: The tens of thousands of food packets being dropped over Afghanistan are all vegetarian "Meals Ready to Eat" or MRE. The packets contained a day's ration of red beans, rice, fruit bars, peanut butter and strawberry jam, providing at least 2,200 calories. When the meals were developed for this relief purpose, researchers discovered that only food which contained no animal products would not violate any prohibition of any of the world's religions. Muslims, for example, do not eat pork. The United States has a stockpile of about 2 million of the food packets.