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John Davis was a pioneer of vegetarianism on the internet from the first days of the world wide web in 1994. He maintained the first websites for VSUK, VIVA and EVU as well being involved with many others in the mid-90s, and he built the first IVU website in November 1995. In 2006, after many years of working for IVU, he was designated as IVU Manager. The last few years have seen some major reorganisations to enable IVU to maintain its leading role in world vegetarianism into the 21st century, including improvements in financial and business links. He is particularly proud to have had the opportunity to support the first vegetarian congresses ever to be held in Africa, thanks to funds raised by IVU. Throughout this time he has also been researching the history of IVU, partly for presentations at the centenary congress in 2008, along with general vegetarian history, all supported by members of the ivu-history email group. The results of this now run to about 10,000 historical files on the IVU website. In September 2010 he was coopted as a Trustee (member of the board of directors) of the Vegetarian Society UK, with a particular brief on history, international affairs and the internet. Over the years with IVU John has attended congresses and other events in many countries, including Australia, Brazil, California, China, Dubai (UAE), Germany, India, Italy, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand. He lives in rural England.

Blog Entries by John Davis

Dr. Lambe's Rural Roots

John Davis | September 28, 11 at 12:36 AM | International

Dr. William Lambe did his groundbreaking work on the vegan diet 200 years ago, whilst living in London, but his roots were in the countryside, where he grew up and eventually retired. The biography I put online last week mentioned...

Dr. William Lambe - father of vegan nutrition, and his vegan biographer

John Davis | September 20, 11 at 11:30 PM | International

Our understanding of vegan nutrition has come a long way in the last 200 years, but it had to start somewhere, and William Lambe (1765-1848), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, was the first to be specific about it...

Vegan Café 4 the Day - could your group do this?

John Davis | September 6, 11 at 11:47 PM | International

Last Saturday Hazel and I went just over the border to Llangollen in North Wales to visit the ‘Vegan Café 4 the Day’ in one of the old halls in the middle of town. The FREE Café tours Wales, setting...

IVU Vegfest/Congress - coming near you soon . . .

John Davis | August 30, 11 at 11:36 PM | International

The formal name will take a while to evolve, but the IVU International Council has just made an historic decision about our major event. The International Vegetarian Union began at a Congress in 1908, in Dresden, Germany, and for about...

The Truth Tester 1846-48 - a vegan journal

John Davis | July 27, 11 at 01:39 AM | International

The Truth Tester was first published in England in 1845, as a temperance (anti-alcohol) journal. In August 1846 a new editor, William Horsell, based near London, took over and incorporated ‘The Healthian’, first published in 1842 by the strictly vegan...

Vegan Wolves

John Davis | July 20, 11 at 12:54 AM | 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,...

IVU and the American Animals Rights Movement

John Davis | July 13, 11 at 12:49 AM | 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...

IVU and the NAVS Summerfest

John Davis | June 29, 11 at 01:23 AM | 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...

Andalucia - the home of Flamenco

John Davis | June 22, 11 at 01:21 AM | 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...

Festival Vegano Español

John Davis | June 15, 11 at 12:49 AM | 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...

A little bit of England and Wales

John Davis | June 8, 11 at 01:24 AM | 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...

The Vegetus Myth

John Davis | June 1, 11 at 09:51 AM | 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...

Veganism from 1806

John Davis | May 25, 11 at 02:08 AM | 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,...

Vegetarianism Re-Defined

John Davis | May 11, 11 at 12:45 AM | 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,...

The Global Veg Explosion

John Davis | May 4, 11 at 12:18 AM | 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,...

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

John Davis | April 27, 11 at 12:42 AM | 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...

Dr. John Snow - a vegan of genius

John Davis | April 20, 11 at 12:27 AM | 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...

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

John Davis | April 13, 11 at 12:16 AM | 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...

Taking the Waters - transatlantic pioneer plant-food doctors

John Davis | April 5, 11 at 11:15 AM | 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...

Henry David Thoreau and the Roots of Plantism

John Davis | March 30, 11 at 12:48 AM | 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...