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How the Vegans landed in America

John Davis | April 4, 2012 | International

They could have come from the planet Vega for all most other Americans might have known. But they had been around for a long time, living quietly among the flesh-eaters, before more arrived in the big splash-down of 1975 ....

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Vegan Goes Global - the first ten years, 1944-54

John Davis | March 28, 2012 | International

The word ‘vegan’ and the first Vegan Society began in November 1944 in England, but it wasn’t long before the idea spread to other countries. These notes are mostly from The Vegan, the journal of the Vegan Society, all copies...

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Hygiene cleans up - naturally of course

John Davis | March 21, 2012 | International

In 1998 the American Natural Hygiene Society, after 50 years, changed its name to the National Health Association (NHA), on the basis that most people didn’t understand what ‘Natural Hygiene’ meant. Quite right too, for me ‘hygiene’ has always been...

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The First Vegan Cookbook - New York 1874

John Davis | March 14, 2012 | International

We know there were some journals, published in London in the 1850s, which included only recipes entirely from plant foods and water, and it is possible some were compiled into a book. But until we can find a copy of that...

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The vegan school that invented vegetarians

John Davis | March 6, 2012 | International

We now know that the people closely connected with the Alcott House Academy, near London, were the first to call themselves ‘vegetarian’. This is how the school began. James Pierrepont Greaves was born in 1777, and for his first 40...

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Sylvester Graham - the original American Vegan Baker

John Davis | February 29, 2012 | International

In 1850 a British vegetarian, living in India, wrote to a journal in England mentioning that his diet included ‘Graham bread’. Such was the worldwide fame that the American Sylvester Graham had achieved in his promotion of whole-wheat brown flour,...

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Prof. Francis W. Newman and the attempted 'vegan' revolution of 1871

John Davis | February 22, 2012 | International

Francis Newman was President of the Vegetarian Society (the original one in England) for about 12 years in the 1870s and 80s, and almost brought a dramatic change to the course of its history – if he had succeeded, the...

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Gustav Schlickeysen - 1875 German vegan, raw-foodist, fruitarian

John Davis | February 8, 2012 | International

In 1875 Gustav Schlickeysen published a book called Obst und Brod - Eine Wissenschaftliche Diätetik – which was translated and re-published in New York, 1877, by M.L. Holbrook M.D. as: Fruit and Bread – a scientific diet. The front cover...

J Morris Hicks

A tiny few eating a perfect diet? -- or truly changing the world?

J Morris Hicks | February 6, 2012 | International

Read More: changing the world with diet

  Dr. T. Colin Campbell -- author of The China Study and the world's leading authority on health promoting, plant-based nutrition. Keeping the "big picture" in mind Back in November, while meeting with Dr. Campbell in his home, he reiterated...

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Medieval Mindsets - 'vegans' in the middle ages

John Davis | February 1, 2012 | International

There were people who didn’t eat meat in Medieval Europe, and in Asia, but mostly for very different reasons to what we associate with veganism today. In the western world the time after the fall of the Roman Empire -...

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John Frank Newton - and the 'vegan' commune of 1813

John Davis | January 25, 2012 | International

John Frank Newton was a pivotal character in an extraordinary group of people who challenged almost every social convention of the rigid-minded early 19th century England. He was born about 1770 and was educated at Harrow, one of two leading...

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Henry Salt - the father of animal rights

John Davis | January 11, 2012 | International

Henry Salt died in 1939, age 88, five years before the invention of the word ‘vegan’, but for his last 55 years he clearly and consistently promoted animals’ rights, and what we now call ethical veganism. He wrote almost forty...

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Were there Vegans in the Ancient World?

John Davis | January 4, 2012 | International

We seem to be getting an increase in those silly lists of ‘famous historical vegans’, nearly all just nonsense and wishful thinking.  I’ve seen some recently claiming Pythagoras, Plato, and many others from ancient Greece and Rome were vegans, blindly...

Sarah Taylor

The UNITED NATIONS Advocates a Vegan Diet!

Sarah Taylor | December 29, 2011 | Health, International

Read More: UN, United Nations, unsustainable, Vegan

While the US leads the world in many things, we seem to be sadly behind in the area of food.  Huge corporate interests lobby hard to keep the public from seeing just how gruesome the slaughterhouses are (if you knew,...

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The Year of the Veg

John Davis | December 27, 2011 | International

2011 was the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese calendar - but for IVU it was the year of the first ever veg congress in China. A brief look back at some international veg events of the year: The...

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Lewis Gompertz - Jewish 'vegan' and co-founder of the RSPCA in 1824

John Davis | December 20, 2011 | International

Lewis Gompertz (1783/4–1861) appears on the scene in 1824, at the age of 40, as the author of a significant book promoting an early prototype of what we now call animal rights and veganism; and in the same year he...

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Why some restaurants don't do vegan food - and why they should

John Davis | December 14, 2011 | International

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned encouraging more restaurants to offer vegan meals, and was asked for some ideas about doing that. So here are just a few thoughts. The excuses: 1 – We’ve had no demand for it...

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Latin America leads the Veg World

John Davis | December 7, 2011 | International

For the first time in its 103 year history, the International Vegetarian Union has a Latin American Chairperson - or chairman, chairwoman, or just chair, as you prefer: Marly Winckler from Brazil. In Portuguese these all translate as ‘Presidente’, though IVU...

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Will there ever be more veg*ns?

John Davis | November 30, 2011 | International

For those who have been active in the veg movement for any length of time the above title must seem almost heretical - but it is actually an interesting question… Back in January 1995 I started the first website for...

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Cruelty Free Christmas - an idea for Christians?

John Davis | November 23, 2011 | International

We’re getting near the season of peace on earth and goodwill to all sentient beings. Well it would be nice to think that was what Christmas could be about . . . and even better if we could have that...