Reports originally from vegetarian.about.com
by Tiffany Refior
July 17, 2000
The theme of the 34th World Vegetarian Congress taking place in
Toronto last week was, officially, "Sharing the Vision."
And, while this was certainly fitting, the unofficial theme running
through the conference was interconnectedness. Nearly every speaker
stressed the connections between the choices we make and the world
in which we, the animals, and our children will live in the future.
The conference was also about the interconnectedness of our global
cause, about meeting people from all over the world, exchanging
our work and ideas, and sharing a vision of a future we can create
In lectures and workshops ranging from optimal nutrition and preventing
heart disease to consumerism and free speech, attendees were encouraged
to think about the choices we make in our everyday lives and their
effects on us, other animals, and our planet.
I've put together photos and synopses of lectures on a wide range
of topics, which you'll find on the following pages:
The former cattle rancher turned vegan discusses the cattlemen's suit
against him and Oprah Winfrey, as well as free speech, and the effects
of current agricultural practices.
||T. Colin Campbell
The director of the China Project spoke about the link between diet and
Rae Sikora, co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Living, spoke on
consumism and how it affects us, other animals, and our environment.
||The Optimal Diet
Brenda Davis, R.D., addressed the optimal diet as well as the role of fats
in the veg*an diet.
||Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D.
The Ironman triathlete discusses myths about calcium and osteoporosis.
This funny and touching award-winning documentary focuses on New Yorker
Eddie Lama, who makes radical changes in his diet and lifestyle after a
kitten opens his heart.
||Vegetarian Ad Campaigns & Vegetarian Certification
Tina Fox, Chief Executive of the Vegetarian Society of the U.K., presents
VSUK's recent ad campaign and discusses certification.
||Vegetarianism & the World's Religions
Author Rynn Berry presented his work on how vegetarianism plays a part in
the world's religions.
Nettie Cronish makes vegetarian sushi and How it all Vegan! authors
prepare diner-style food.
Alan Park acted as Master of Ceremonies for the opening ceremony.
Stay tuned for even more conference notes, including detailed information
on the optimal diet; fats in the vegetarian diet; and veg*an gardening!
[unfortunately nothing else was ever added to the original pages].
The next World Vegetarian Congress
will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, in Summer 2002.
Eddie Lama photo ©Tribe of Heart. All other photos
©2000 Tiffany Refior.