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38th IVU World Vegetarian Congress

Dresden, Germany

Sunday July 27 - Sunday August 3, 2008

Deutsch - English - Español - Français - Italiano


Monday 14.00 Speakers

Martin Schlatzer, Austria

Biography: 28 vears old, from St Pölten, Austria. Master’s degree student in nutrition and ecology. Previously assistant to Dr. Karl von Koerber of the Nutritional Ecology advisory office in Munich.  Involved in planning and organising the touring exhibition on “Eating for Climate Protection“ with the Bavarian State Ministry of Environment, Health and Consumer Protection.  First shown at the Nuremberg organic fair in 2007 and now being shown in German schools.

Lecture title: Ecological Aspects of Vegetarian Nutrition with Focus on Climate Change

Abstract:  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s huge study, Lifestock's Long Shadow, states that livestock produce 18% of all greenhouse gases worldwide compared with 13,5 % from transport. It is therefore vital to concentrate educational and prevention efforts not just on transport, insulation and renewable energy but also on nutrition and agriculture.  The consumption of animal products in particular has a huge impact not just on climate but on other major ecological problems, not to mention economic and health issues including world hunger.  A holistic and sustainable approach to global warming and nutritional ecology is therefore a matter of the highest priority. A vegetarian diet offers the chance to improve the current situation.

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:00; Room: Festsaal; Language: German with simultaneous translation

Dr. oec. troph. Edmund Semler, Austria


  • 2007 - 2008 Evaluation of a study with longtime raw foodists
  • 2003 – 2007 Scientific co-worker in a study group on alternative diets at the Institute of Nutritional Science of the Justus-Liebig University Giessen (Scientific Direction: Prof. Dr. Claus Leitzmann)
  • 2002 - 2006 Doctorate with a doctoral thesis about  the historical, therapeutical and theoretical aspects of a raw food diet at the Institue of Nutritional Science of the Justus-Liebig University Gießen
  • 1995 - 2001 Studies of Nutritional Science at the University of Vienna

Lecture title: Raw Food: Myths, Facts and Successes of an Alternative Diet

Abstract: although raw plant food is an integral part of human nutrition and also an essential bais of wholefood nutrition, the effects of a mainly raw food diet have not yet been scientifically researched. On the one handmany raw food proponents - mostly lay people – regard an exclusively raw diet as the only appropriate nutrition for all humans, on the other hand many physicians report extraordinary healing successes with a raw food diet, even in serious illnesses.  This lecture presents the historical, therapeutic and theoretical aspects of a raw food diet.

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:00; Room: Neumarkt; Language: German

Stephen Walsh PhD, UK

Biography: Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Stephen Walsh obtained his PhD in process systems analysis at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, where he lectured full time for several years.  He is currently Spokesperson on Nutrition and Health for the UK Vegan Society. His book, Plant Based Nutrition and Health, is the result of analysing thousands of scientific studies to develop realistic recommendations for optimal health.  Acclaimed by The Sunday Times as an “accomplished databuster” he is particularly well known for debunking unsubstantiated health claims from whatever direction they may come.

Title of the lecture: Simple Guidelines for Healthy and Economical Living without Animal Products

Abstract: It is not difficult to live healthfully, economically and sustainably on an entirely plant-based diet, but the specific choices made are very important.  Lightly processed foods, including brightly coloured fruits and vegetables and healthy sources of fat such as nuts and flaxseed (linseed), form the core of a healthy diet with good sources of omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients.  Vitamin B12 must be obtained from fortified foods or supplements.  Other nutrients such as vitamin D, iodine, selenium and calcium require some care, but exotic foods and expensive supplements are not required.  The high environmental impact of some plant foods should also be considered in making diet choices.

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:00; Room: Altmarkt; Language: English

Christopher Fettes, Ireland

Biography: Born 1937 near London.  Has lived mostly in Ireland since 1963. Honours degree in English and French literature from Dublin University. Secondary teacher for 38 years. A vegetarian since 1966, he founded the Vegetarian Society of Ireland in 1978.  Three years later he founded the Irish Green Party, which is now in government. Served on the IVU Council before helping to set up the European Vegetarian Union. Now president of the Association of Esperanto-speaking Vegetarians (TEVA).

Lecture title: International Friendships between Vegetarian Families

Abstract: Travel broadens the mind, but being a vegetarian can greatly narrow your scope, and further problems arise from language difficulties. Most people, including vegetarians, find it hard to learn a foreign language to a level where they feel completely at ease in conversation with a native speaker.  Children are even less likely to be able to communicate. The proven solution to this problem is for both families to learn a language whose beautifully simple structure is designed to bring together peoples of different cultures with a minimum of effort.

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:00; Room: Brühl; Language: English

Rynn Berry, USA


Biography: Rynn Berry is historical advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS).  In his lectures, articles and books, he has specialized in the study of vegetarianism from an historical perspective. He is the author of five books on vegetarianism: The New Vegetarians, Famous Vegetarians, Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions, Hitler: Neither Vegetarian Nor Animal Lover and The Vegan Guide to New York City. The last, which comes out annually, is the first exclusively vegan guidebook on the planet.

Lecture title: Christ Versus Anti-Christ: the Vegetarianism of Jesus and Hitler

Abstract: Strangely enough, it is easier for people to believe that Hitler was a vegetarian than that Jesus was a vegetarian.  Rynn Berry, author of Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions, makes a case for Jesus being a vegetarian and debunks the persistent myth that the genocidal tyrant Adolf Hitler observed a Gandhian diet.

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:00; Room: Elbe; Language: English

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