Berry is the historical advisor to the North American Vegetarian
Society (NAVS), and is the author of many books and articles on
vegetarianism. He is primarily focused on vegetarianism's historical
During the 34th World Vegetarian Congress in Toronto, Mr. Berry
gave a variety lectures on Vegetarianism and the World's Religions;
Twelve Hallmarks of a Vegetarian Religion; Vegetarian Religious
Sects that Made History; Life and Times of Mahavira and Buddha;
The History of Raw Foodism; and Christianity & Buddhism.
Among the interesting facts in his lecture:
- The concept of ahimsa (not to harm) is so important
that you can violate all other commandments in order to fulfill
- Confucius is believed to have banished the knife from the table
and to have introduced chopsticks.
Rynn Berry's most recent book is Food of the Gods: Vegetarianism
& the World's Religions.
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