International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
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34th World Vegetarian Congress
Sharing the Vision

Toronto, Ontario, Canada • July 10-16, 2000
Hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association

WVC2000: Programme

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Morning Session Afternoon Session Evening Plenary Session

Monday, July 10th


1:00 - 1:50 p.m. Jashu Shah, International Vegetarian Union councilor for India: The Position of Vegetarianism in India
1:00 - 2:20 p.m. Robert Cohen: From Asthma to Zits - Milk & Dairy Products Do Not Do The Body Any Good
1:00 - 3:00p.m. Cooking demonstration by Aditi Walsh: Ayurvedic Cooking
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Philip Martin, DC, Natural Hygiene Physician: Health Concerns of Seniors
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Joseph Pace, researcher and author of the forthcoming Changing the World One Bite at a Time: Vegetarian Diplomacy: Seven Keys to Lasting Change
2:30 - 3:20 p.m. Kym Fowler, nutrition and lifestyle consultant: Food Cent$: Learn how to use "Food Cent$" to motivate people, in just one hour, significantly in the direction of a plant-based diet
2:30 - 3:20 p.m. Dr. Gregory L. Haag: Supplement Yourself Into a Quick Grave
2:30 - 3:50 p.m. Veronica Munoz, author of Tales from a Dream Before it Happened: Soul Searching: A Vegetarian's Journey
3:00 - 3:50 p.m. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, co-author of The China Project; biochemistry professor at Cornell University: Communicating Nutrition to the Public
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Rae Sikora, BA, co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Living: Cooperative Games
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Michael Allen Fox, PhD, author of Deep Vegetarianism and former advocate of animal experimentation: Moral Transformation
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Tom Salsberg, BA (soc.), B.Ed., MA (couns. psych.): Exploding the Protein Deficiency Myth
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Amie Hamlin, local vegetarian group leader: Vegan Photography: The Joys of Digital Photography (for amateurs)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. OPENING CEREMONY AND PLENARY
Vegan comedian Alan Park will be the Master of Ceremonies and will perform a comedic act. Speakers include:
  • co-author of The China ProjectT. Colin Campbell, PhD: Communicating Nutrition to the Public
  • co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Living Rae Sikora, BA: Compassionate Living
  • co-author of Becoming VegetarianBrenda Davis, RD: Cutting Edge Vegetarian Nutrition
  • author of The Mad Cowboy and ex-cattleman turned vegan Howard Lyman: Choosing a Conscious Lifestyle

Tuesday, July 11th


9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Howard Lyman, ex-cattle rancher and author of Mad Cowboy: Food Production Today
9:00 - 10:20 a.m. Robert Cohen, PhD, author of Milk: The Deadly Poison: Got Milk? Got Allergies, Heart Disease, and Cancer!
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. Claude Pasquini, PhD: Animal Intelligence and Emotions
9:00 - 10:50 a.m. American Vegan Society Convention
10:00 - 11:20 a.m. Brenda Davis, RD, co-author of Becoming Vegetarian, nutrition specialist for Dr. Ornish's retreats: Fat in the Vegetarian Diet
10:30 - 11:50 a.m. Michael Allen Fox, PhD, author of Deep Vegetarianism and former advocate of animal experimentation: Deep Vegetarianism
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. How a Small Group Can Have an Impact, panel discussion with Dennis Bayomi, Winnipeg Vegetarian Association and Amie Hamlin, local vegetarian group leader
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. Gregory Haag, MD: Food Combine Your Way Back to Health
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Cooking demo by Nettie Cronish, author of New Vegetarian Basics: Vegetarian Sushi
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Robert Cohen, PhD, author of Milk: The Deadly Poison and others: Early Sexual Maturity and Milk Hormones
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Rynn Berry, author of Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions and others: Vegetarianism and World Religions
1:30 - 3:20 p.m. Rae Sikora, BA, co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Living: Communication - Agent for Change
2:00 - 3:20 p.m. Lisa Green. MS (Nutri.): Basics of Vegan Nutrition
2:30 - 3:20 p.m. Ruth Heidrich, PhD, triathlete and author of A Race for Life - From Cancer to the Ironman: Osteoporosis: The Calcium Deficiency Myth
2:30 - 3:20 p.m. Keith Akers, author of the forthcoming The Lost Religion of Jesus: Simple Living and Nonviolence in Early Christianity: The Bible and Vegetarianism
3:30 - 4:40 p.m. Sharron Cordaro, co-founder of the EarthSave Inland Empire and songwriter: Effects of the Standard American Diet on Mother Earth (with slides)
3:30 - 4:40 p.m. John Davis, IVU Webmaster: Promoting Vegetarianism: The Internet
3:30 - 4:50 p.m. James M. Oswald, Ed.D, co-director of the Institute for Plant Based Nutrition: Plant Based Nutrition for the Malnourished Overfed and Underfed Globally
3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Singles Meeting facilitated by Amie Hamlin, local vegetarian group leader
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. HEALTH ISSUES PLENARY
  • Hans Diehl, MD: Reversing Heart Disease, Hypertension and Diabetes
  • Gregory Haag, MD: Those Incredibly Deceivable and Unbelievable Fruits & Vegetables
  • Prof. Dr. Claus Leitzmann: Health Status of Vegans
  • Michele Simon, JD, MPH, lawyer and policy analyst: Exportation of the Standard American Diet to other countries

Wednesday, July 12th


8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Cooking demo by Gregory Haag, MD
9:00 a.m. - noon International Vegetarian Union Meeting of Member Societies (non-members welcome at no charge)
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cooking demo by Robert Cohen, PhD, author of Milk: The Deadly Poison and others: Vegan Cooking is Not Boring
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. James M. Oswald, Ed.D, co-director of the Institute for Plant Based Nutrition: Plant Based Economics around the World: Micro and Macro
1:00 - 2:20 p.m. Hans Deihl, DrHSc, MPH (Nutr.) of the Coronary Health Improvement Project: Reversing Diabetes
1:00 - 2:20 p.m. Brenda Davis, RD co-author of internatioal best-seller Becoming Vegetarian, nutrition specialist for Dr. Ornish's retreats: The Optimal Diet: Fine Tuning the Diet for Maximum Protection Against Disease
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Family Issues: How to Survive Vegetarianism or Veganism without Alienating Family and Friends, a discussion facilitated by Gerry Coffey, health educator and writer, and Amie Hamlin, local vegetarian group leader
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Rynn Berry, author of Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions and others: Twelve Hallmarks of a Vegetarian Religion
2:30 - 3:50 p.m. Michele Simon, JD, MPH, lawyer and policy analyst: Exportation of the Standard American Diet to Other Countries
2:30 - 3:50 p.m. Prof. Dr. Claus Leitzmann, nutritional researcher, author of Dictionary of Nutrition: Health Status of Vegans
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Cooking demo: Healthy Gourmet Indian Cooking
3:00 - 4:50 p.m. Alex Bourke, co-author of several vegetarian travel guides: Dining Guides Workshop
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Gregory Haag, MD: Meet your Meat: Where Do Vegetarians get their Protein?
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Prof. Dr. Marcel Hebbelinck: Growth and Development of Vegetarian Children and Adolescents
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. GLOBAL ISSUES PLENARY
  • Jim Mason, lawyer, journalist and author of An Unnatural Order: Why Are We Destroying the Planet and Each Other, and co-author of Animal Factories: Recovering Our Souls
  • Thomas J. Barnard, MD: The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
  • Holly Penfound, Campaign Coordinator of Environmental Health for Greenpeace Canada
  • Richard Wolfson, PhD director of Consumer Right to Know Campaign
  • panel discussion: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  • Michael Gregor, MD: The Global Mad Cow Disease Crisis
  • Tina Fox, chief executive of the Vegetarian Society of the UK: Effective Ad campaigns
  • Michele Simon, JD, MPH, lawyer and policy analyst: Food Safety - How the U.S. Influences Exports and International Policies

Thursday, July 13th


8:30 - 9:20 a.m. Dr. Gregory L. Haag: The Real Cause of Allergies
9:00 - 10:50 a.m. Jennifer Abbott, producer of A Cow at My Table documentary film screening and Q&A
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Rynn Berry, author of Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the Worlds Religions and others: Vegetarian Religious Sects that Made History
9:00 - 10:20 a.m. Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH (Nutr.) of the Coronary Health Improvement Project: Reversing Heart Disease
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Rae Sikora, BA co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Living: Consumerism - No Purchase Necessary
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Robert Cohen, PhD author of Milk: The Deadly Poison and others: Most Vegans are Not True Vegans: How Manufacturers Put Milk Proteins in Food
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Cooking demo by Ron Pickarski, award wining vegan chef and author of Eco-Cuisine
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. Richard Wolfson, PhD director of Consumer Right to Know: Genetically Modified Organisms in Food
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Howard Lyman, ex-cattle rancher and author of Mad Cowboy: The Battle for Free Speech
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Alex Hershaft, PhD, President of Farm Animal Reform Movement: The Making of an Activist
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Prof. Dr. Marcel Hebbelinck: Health & Fitness of Lifelong Vegetarians
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 - 2:20 p.m. Michael Gregor, MD: The Global Mad Cow Disease Crisis
1:00 - 2:20 p.m. Alex Bourke, co-author of several vegetarian travel guides: Travelling in Europe as a Vegetarian or Vegan
1:00 - 2:20 p.m. Jim Mason, lawyer, author of An Unnatural Order: Why We Are Destroying the Planet and Each Other, co-author of Animal Factories: An Unnatural Order: Why Are We Destroying the Planet and Each Other
1:30 - 2:50 p.m. Making the Media Work, panel with Jennifer Abbott, producer/director of A Cow at my Table, Amie Hamlin, local vegetarian group leader and Wendy Vineyard, media relations director at the Toronto Vegetarian Association and public affairs consultant
2:30 - 3:20 p.m. Jayn Meinhardt, M.Ed, author of The Caloriffic Lifestyle Program: Weight Control through a Vegan Lifestyle
2:30 - 3:50 p.m. Video screening of The Witness (first volume of an anthology called Animal People) with and introduction and Q&A with producer James LaVeck of the non-profit group Tribe of the Heart, Ltd.
2:30 - 3:50 p.m. Michele Simon, JD, MPH, lawyer and policy analyst: Food Safety - How the U.S. Influences Exports and International Policies
3:00 - 3:50 p.m. Rynn Berry, author of Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the Worlds Religions and others: Life & Times of Mahavira and Buddha
3:30 - 4:20 p.m. Vesanto Melina, RD co-author of Becoming Vegetarian and Cooking Vegetarian: Cow-Free, Carefree Calcium - Meet Calcium Needs: Plant-Based Diets
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Richard Wolfson, PhD director of Consumer Right to Know: The rBGH Story
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Tina Fox, chief executive, Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom: V Symbol - Certifying Vegetarian Foods
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Pamela Teisler Rice of Viva Veggie Society: How the Government Supports the Meat Industry through Subsidies
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. VEGAN ISSUES PLENARY
  • Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder/chair of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Milk & Leather (includes 13 minute video: the mistreatment of cows in India),
  • Alex Bourke, co-author of several vegetarian travel guides: Why & How Vegan
  • Robert Cohen, PhD, author of Milk: The Deadly Poison and others: Debunking the Milk Myth
  • Ruth Heidrich, PhD triathlete and author of A Race for Life - From Cancer to the Ironman: A Race for Life

Friday, July 14th


8:00 - 8:50 a.m. Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder/chair of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Why Vegetarians Have No Business Wearing Leather Shoes
8:30 - 9:20 a.m. Ruth Heidrich, PhD triathlete and author of A Race for Life - From Cancer to the Ironman: A Race for Life
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Rynn Berry, author of Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the Worlds Religions and others: The History of Raw Foodism
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Pamela Teisler Rice of Viva Veggie Society: The Environmental Costs of a Meat-Centred Diet
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Cooking demo by Debra Wasserman, author of Simply Vegan and other cookbooks: Quick and Easy Vegan Dishes
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Thomas J. Barnard, MD: B12 Issues in Vegetarians
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Alex Hershaft, PhD, President of Farm Animal Reform Movement: The Rise and Fall of the Meat Industry
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Eric Litwack, University lecturer, philosophy faculty, Queens University International Study Centre: Vegetarianism - A Way of Seeing
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Lesli Bisgould, Barrister & Solicitor: There is no Such Thing as Animal Rights: Animals and the Law
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Planning Successful Events: Guidelines for Organizers with Tom & Jayn Meinhardt, activists in the Greater Cincinnati Vegetarian Society and Dennis Bayomi, Winnipeg Vegetarian Association
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Cooking demo by Nettie Cronish, author of New Vegetarian Basics: Hot and Sour Buckwheat Noodle Salad
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Thomas J. Barnard, MD: Successful Aging with a Vegetarian Diet
1:30 - 2:50 p.m. Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH (Nutr.) of the Coronary Health Improvement Project: Reversing Hypertension (high blood pressure) with a Knife and Fork
1:30 - 2:50 p.m. Judaism and Vegetarianism, a panel discussion featuring Richard Schwartz, author of Judaism and Vegetarianism, Roberta Kalechofsky, PhD, writer, publisher, president and founder of Jews for Animal Rights, Tom Salsberg, LChaim Vegetarian Group and Morty Genser
1:30 - 2:50 p.m. Rae Sikora, BA co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Living: Falling in Love With the Planet (a participatory outdoor session)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Cooking demo by Vesanto Melina, co-author of Becoming Vegetarian and Cooking Vegetarian
3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Carol J. Adams author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: The Inner Art of Vegetarianism: Spiritual Practices for Body & Soul - a workshop
3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Amie Hamlin, local vegetarian group leader: Understanding and Fighting the Meat and Tobacco Marketing Machines
3:00 - 4:20 p.m. Robert Cohen, PhD author of Milk: The Deadly Poison and others: Genetic Engineering: Biotechnologys Towering Tower of Babble
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Cooking demo by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer, authors of How it all Vegan
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. ETHICS AND COMPASSION ISSUES PLENARY
  • Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: The Sexual Politics of Meat (slide show)
  • Lt. Sherry Schlueter: The Cycle of Violence: Animal Cruelty, Child Abuse & Domestic Violence
  • Gene and Lorri Bauston, co-founders of Farm Sanctuary: Vegan Kinship
  • Joseph Pace, researcher and author of the forthcoming Changing the World: One Bite at a Time: Oh Canada! Canadian Farm Animal Welfare
  • Barbara Rütting, former German movie star and health activist: Healing the Planet with a Vegetarian Diet

Saturday, July 15th


9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Robert Cohen, PhD author of Milk: The Deadly Poison and others: Why Your Meat-Eating Friends and Relatives Should First Give Up Dairy
9:00 - 10:20 a.m. Raising Vegan Kids, a discussion led by Debra Wasserman, co-director of the Vegetarian Resource Group, author of several books
9:00 - 10:50 a.m. Rae Sikora, BA co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Living: Humane Education 2000
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Howard Lyman, ex-cattle rancher and author of Mad Cowboy: Leadership - Walking Your Talk
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Why Eating Fish and Seafood is Harmful to Aquatic Environments, a panel discussion with Keith Akers, author of A Vegetarian Sourcebook: The Nutrition, Ecology and Ethics of a Natural Foods Diet and Pamela Teisler Rice of Viva Veggie Society
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. Vesanto Melina, RD co-author of Becoming Vegetarian and Cooking Vegetarian: Especially for Women: Power Nutrition - Plant Foods for Lifelong Health and Vitality
10:30 - 11:50 a.m. How to Start and Run a Local Vegetarian Group, a panel discussion with Dennis Bayomi of the Winnipeg Vegetarian Association and Amie Hamlin, local vegetarian group leader
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cooking demonstration by Aditi Walsh: Romancing the Stove: Aruyvedic Cooking
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. Barbara Rütting, former German movie star and health activist: Healing the Planet with a Vegetarian Diet
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. David Jenkins, MD, PhD, Dept. of Nutritional Science, U of T: Plant Food Components which Lower Blood Cholesterol
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Rynn Berry, author of Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the Worlds Religions and others: Christianity & Buddhism
1:30 - 2:50 p.m. Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: The Sexual Politics of Meat slide show/Q&A
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. Gene & Lorri Bauston, co-founders of Farm Sanctuary: Rescuing and Protecting Farm Animals
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. Thomas J. Barnard, MD: Cancer Risk Reduction
2:30 - 3:50 p.m. Publishing Local Vegetarian Resource Guides with Tom & Jayn Meinhardt, activists in the Greater Cincinnati Vegetarian Society and authors of Grazing thru Cincinnati, and Steve Leckie, publication director of the Toronto Vegetarian Association
3:00 - 3:50 p.m. Alex Hershaft, PhD, President of Farm Animal Reform Movement: Are you Really that Hungry
3:00 - 5:15 p.m. Jennifer Abbott, producer of A Cow at My Table, documentary film screening and Q&A
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Research Conducted Regarding Japanese Attitudes Towards Vegetarians as Compared with those of Westerners, Mitsuru Kakimoto, vice-president of JPVS and professor at Osaka Shin-ai College, with Yumi Watabe, M.Ed, councilor of the JPVS, professor at Osaka Shin-ai College and Masahide Sakyu, M.Ed, councilor of the JPVS, lecturer at Osaka Shin-ai College
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Cooking demonstration by Uma Ellytamby: Southasian Heart Healthy Cooking
6:00 - 10:00 p.m. CLOSING BANQUET AND CEREMONY
Dinner and lectures to be held together
  • Howard Lyman, ex-cattleman turned vegan and author of Mad Cowboy: A Vegetarian World - It Must Happen
  • Joseph Pace, researcher and author of the forthcoming Changing the World:e Bite at a Time: Changing World:e Bite at a Time
  • Tina Fox, chief executive of the Vegetarian Society of the UK: the next Congress in Edinburgh 2002
  • Rachel Perry, MuchMusic VJ, co-host of MuchAXS will be the Master of Ceremonies. In addition there will be music, provided by a vegetarian DJ, dancing, contest draws and local performers.

Sunday, July 16th


9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH (Nutr.) of the Coronary Health Improvement Project: Reversing Heart Disease with a Knife and Fork
9:00 - 10:20 a.m. Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: The Sexual Politics of Meat - slide show and Q&A
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. Rae Sikora, BA co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Living: Balancing Act - a workshop for burned-out activists
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Robert Cohen, PhD author of Milk: The Deadly Poison and others: The Obesity Epidemic and Growth Hormones in Milk
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. Tom & Jayn Meinhardt, activists in the Greater Cincinnati Vegetarian Society and authors of The PETA Bred Cookbook: But What will I Eat? Veggie Foods for Beginners
10:30 - 11:50 a.m. Fiona Heath, founder of the Live Simply Project, magazine columnist: Simple Living: Sustainable Food Habits - a workshop
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cooking demo by Veejay Sahai: Vegetarian Entertaining
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. David Jenkins, MD, PhD, Dept. of Nutritional Science, U of T: The Evolution of the Human Diet from the Garden of Eden
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. Rynn Berry, author of Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the Worlds Religions and others: Famous Vegetarians of the Past Three Millennia
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. Video screening of The Witness (first volume of an anthology called Animal People)
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Richard Schwartz, author of Judaism and Vegetarianism: Strategies Towards a Vegetarian World by 2010
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. Keith Akers, author of the forthcoming The Lost Religion of Jesus: Simple Living and Nonviolence in Early Christianity: Was Jesus a Vegetarian?
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Cooking demo by Sandy Grant: The magic of Tofu
2:30 - 3:20 p.m. Thomas J. Barnard, MD: Vegetarian Viagra
3:00 - 3:50 p.m. Tom Salsberg, BA (soc.), B.Ed, MA (couns. phych.): Moving Yourself and the World Towards Vegetarianism
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Jashu Shah, International Vegetarian Union for India: Position of Vegetarianism in India

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