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38th IVU World Vegetarian Congress

Dresden, Germany

Sunday July 27 - Sunday August 3, 2008

Deutsch - English - Español - Français - Italiano


Monday 14.55 Speakers

John Davis, UK

Biography: IVU manager and historian. Started running the IVU website in 1995 and researching the history of IVU in 2002.

Lecture title: 100 Years of the International Vegetarian Union

Abstract:  A pictorial view of the events and characters that have made IVU what it is today.

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:55; Room: Festsaal; Language: English with simultaneous translation

Prof. Peter Hines, UK

Biography: Peter Hines is Professor of Supply Chain Management and Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Research Centre at Cardiff Business School. He has undertaken extensive research into Lean Thinking and Supply Chain Management particularly in the food sector in the UK, Europe and Australia. He has recently been involved in the REDIBREK programme at Cardiff University Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, researching the impact of ‘warming’ foods, particularly livestock.

Lecture title: The Impact of Food Supply Chains in Global Warming: The Livestock Effect

Abstract: The new-found popular interest in sustainable development is highly skewed towards areas that are politically visible, such as transport and in particular the evils of air travel. Nonetheless, only 14% of greenhouse gases (GHGs) actually result from transport, with as little as 2% coming from aviation, against 32% resulting from agriculture and land use. Moreover, within the food system certain areas such as livestock production are particularly problematic, with meat and dairy products contributing more than 50% of total food GHGs. The talk will summarise the current position and its causes and discuss what might be done to improve the situation.

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:55; Room: Neumarkt; Language: English


Brenda Davis, Canada


Biography: Brenda Davis, registered dietitian and nutritionist, is a leader in her field and a dynamic internationally acclaimed speaker. She is co-author of six books, Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegan, The New Becoming Vegetarian, Defeating Diabetes, Dairy-free, and Delicious and The Raw Food Diet Revolution. She is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Diabetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. She is currently working on a diabetes intervention research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She spent 8 months in Majuro in 2006 and returns to the Marshall Islands for 4 to 6 weeks two or three times a year. She lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada with her family.

Lecture title: Defeating Diabetes - Lessons from the Marshall Islands

Abstract: Type 2 diabetes is rising to epidemic proportions around the world. Once a disease of adults over the age of 45, it is now common among younger adults and, sadly, a growing concern among teens and children. While type 2 diabetes is often viewed as a chronic degenerative disease, research suggests that it is highly treatable and in some cases completely reversible.  Brenda Davis, author of the best-seller, Defeating Diabetes, will guide you through the essential components of a highly effective reversal diet and lifestyle program. She will provide you with the tools you need to dramatically improve and possibly defeat your disease. She comes with the unique and powerful experience of working with diabetes reversal in Majuro, Marshall Islands, where nearly half of those 35 years old and over are affected by the disease. Her story is both riveting and inspiring.

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:55; Room: Altmarkt; Language: English

Dr. Alberto P. Gonzalez, Brazil

Biography: Dr. Alberto Gonzalez, 46, graduated as a physician in 1985 and dedicated the first years of his career to surgery and transplantation. In 1994 he received his Ph.D. at the Institute for Surgical Research of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He then worked in Rio de Janeiro as a physiology teacher and researcher. Challenged by the effect of wheatgrass properties on critical patients, he began to study the effects of raw vegetarian food on health parameters. In 2005 he published The Doctor´s Place is the Kitchen and decided that culinary techiques with raw vegetarian food are a suitable alternative to reduce disease. Recently he has been developing this model in Campos do Jordão, a small city 200 miles far from São Paulo.

Lecture title: Raw Vegetarian Kitchen: Hope for Health at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Abstract: Raw vegetarian food has been applied as a viable approach for poor populations in Brazil. A model is being developed involving physicians, nurses, practitioners and families by teaching organic vegetable production and culinary techniques of sprouting and fermenting foods in parallel with the Brazilian Health Ministry Family Health programme. Starting from the principle that vegetarian raw food is medicinal, Dr. Gonzalez developed the Seed Workshop through which he intends to work actively on the eradication of degenerative and infectious diseases in poor populations through self-sustaining "win-win" enterprises in food production and distribution.

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:55; Room: Bähr; Language: English

Saurabh Dalal, USA

Biography: Saurabh Dalal lives in the Washington DC area and enjoys being involved in outreach, education, and greater advocacy of sustainable plant-based diets and Ahimsa as compelling solutions to many global problems.  Saurabh serves as Deputy Chair of the International Vegetarian Union (, President of the Vegetarian Union of North America ( and President of the Vegetarian Society of DC (  He works in various capacities with many other like-minded non-profit groups and has been active in the Jain community on the local and international levels.  He holds graduate degrees in physics and engineering, takes part in several professional and technical societies and explores ways of integrating sound science into related areas of advocacy.

Lecture title: Ahimsa and the Spirit of Jainism

Abstract: Jainism is an ancient religion of India which places a strong emphasis on the principle of Ahimsa (non-violence).  Through its rich philosophy and traditions, adherents have practiced vegetarianism for countless generations.  The talk will give an overview of Jain principles and philosophy, its historical context, the status of the Jain community today, relation to  compassionate lifestyles and the potential of Jains for greater involvement in vegetarianism, animal advocacy, and environmentalism. 

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:55; Room: Brühl; Language: English

Martha Helene Kautz, Germany

Biography:  Martha Helene Kautz, Breath Therapist. Education 1994-97 Ilse Middendorf Institute for Perceptible Breathing, Berlin. Breathing-Praxis for movements and treatments in Berlin.  Seminars in Germany, UK, Australia

Lecture title: Breathing – Movement – Meditation

Abstract: A short introduction with  simple but effective movements of "perceptible breathing" going into the depths of our true being, showing us how connected body and soul are as a living, joyful, spiritual entity.

Date: Monday 28 July 2008; Time: 14:55; Room: Elbe; Language: German

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