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John Davis

Vegan Wolves

John Davis | July 20, 2011 | International

A couple of weeks ago Hazel and I went to the annual BBQ organised by the Wolverhampton Vegans and Veggies – a really nice laid-back afternoon, in some hot sunshine for a change. The city’s football team is called The Wolves,...

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IVU and the American Animals Rights Movement

John Davis | July 13, 2011 | International

The USA’s annual Animal Rights National Conference kicks off next week, coordinated by FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement) and supported by a host of other AR groups from across the country. Despite the title there are always people from other...

Jess Parsons

New Zealand - Christchurch Vegetarians still shaken

Jess Parsons | July 10, 2011 | International

Read More: donation, earthquakes, New Zealand

Auckland made the news briefly for our small unexpected earthquake on July 6th.  It was very shallow (9kms) and practically on my doorstep (1-2kms away).  Of course most earthquakes are unexpected, but Auckland really isn't known for them.  The...

John Davis

IVU and the NAVS Summerfest

John Davis | June 29, 2011 | International

The 37th NAVS Summerfest begins next Tuesday, July 5, and runs until the 9th. Places may still be available at this all-vegan event, see the link at the bottom. Way back in 1975 IVU played a major role in launching...

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Andalucia - the home of Flamenco

John Davis | June 22, 2011 | International

Andalucia is the southernmost region of Spain – where the recent International Vegan Festival was held. As a guitarist who has tried to play flamenco from time to time, though rather badly, this part of the world has particular interest...

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Festival Vegano EspaƱol

John Davis | June 15, 2011 | International

The 13th International Vegan Festival ended last Sunday after eight days in sunny Spain. Everyone attending came away with very different personal highlights – mine were giving a couple of talks on the history and geography of veganism, and having...

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A little bit of England and Wales

John Davis | June 8, 2011 | International

This is being uploaded during the 13th International Vegan Festival, near Malaga, Spain, there will be some photos of that next week. Meanwhile the photos below are all from last week. We were delighted that our good friend Susianto was able...

J Morris Hicks

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg -- his diet -- and his enormous potential to change the world

J Morris Hicks | June 5, 2011 | Celebrities, International

Read More: bill clinton, change the world, oprah, shawn lankton, vegetarian, zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg says that for 2011, he's only eating meat that he kills. With the possible exception of Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg may have the ability to influence the behavior of more people than any other single person in the...

John Davis

The Vegetus Myth

John Davis | June 1, 2011 | International

You’ve all read it somewhere: “The word vegetarian has nothing to do with vegetables, it was derived from the Latin ‘vegetus’ meaning whole, fresh, lively, vigorous” etc… Whilst all the dictionaries simply suggest the derivation as ‘vegetable+arian’. Most of us...

John Davis

Veganism from 1806

John Davis | May 25, 2011 | International

This is a brief summary of a talk I gave at the International Vegan Festival in Malaga, Spain, June 4-12, 2011, and at the Midlands Vegan Festival, Wolverhampton UK, October 29, 2011. 1806 – Dr. William Lambe FRCP, in London, England,...

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Vegetarianism Re-Defined

John Davis | May 11, 2011 | International

After a couple of months of lively, and even heated, debate about the meaning of the word ‘vegetarian’ the IVU International Council finally reached a unanimous proposal. The Council currently consists of 16 voting members from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India,...

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The Global Veg Explosion

John Davis | May 4, 2011 | International

A few years ago we rarely had more than one international veg event per year, and nearly all in Europe or North America – last year there were at least nine of them, on every continent of the world (well,...

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International Vegetarian Union and the Venerable History of Vegetarianism [Videos]

John Davis | April 27, 2011 | International

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how much is a video worth? Last year a friend sent me a link which she said had some info I was looking for. It turned out to be a young...

John Davis

Dr. John Snow - a vegan of genius

John Davis | April 20, 2011 | Health, International

In a poll of British doctors in 2003 John Snow was voted as the greatest physician of all time. Though probably few of them would have known he was what we now call vegan. He grew up in the North-East...

J Morris Hicks

Flatulent cows...and saving the planet

J Morris Hicks | April 14, 2011 | Animals, Green, International

Read More: causes of global warming, cows, global warming, greenhouse gases, livestock, methane

Every two-year old knows that flatulence is funny, they just haven't learned that fancy word for it yet. But the environmental impact of the 60 billion animals that we raise for our dinner tables is no laughing matter. In a...

John Davis

The Plant-food Two-step Shuffle - and Pure Vegetarians

John Davis | April 13, 2011 | International

The perpetual problem in promoting the plant-food diet:  the meat-eater says he/she would like to switch to plant-food only but, for whatever reason, says it’s too difficult to make the change all at once. Do you: 1 – scream about...

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Taking the Waters - transatlantic pioneer plant-food doctors

John Davis | April 5, 2011 | International

Dr. William Lambe FRCP (1765-1847) Back in 1815, in London, Dr William Lambe, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), published his ‘Water and Vegetable Diet’ in which he stated: “My reason for objecting to every species of matter...

J Morris Hicks

Water...finite, essential, precious and unnecessarily wasted by humans

J Morris Hicks | April 3, 2011 | Green, International

Read More: plant-based diet, water conservation, water pollution

How so? According to my research since 2002, the single biggest source of human squandering of our water supply is how we have chosen to eat in the western world. And there is no doubt in my mind that...

John Davis

Henry David Thoreau and the Roots of Plantism

John Davis | March 30, 2011 | International

Oh no, not another –ism… Well, everyone else is inventing words… by plantism I mean eating only plants – and ideally wearing plants, growing your own plants for food and conserving plant habitats for other species – vegan self-sufficient environmentalism...

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Bronson Alcott - American pioneer vegan

John Davis | March 22, 2011 | International

[slightly updated November 2011] Amos Bronson Alcott was an abolitionist vegan in a way that few today are emulating – in the 1830s he was taking a stand against human slavery in the USA. In some parts of the world...