|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
"The fact that consistent vegetarians, both
adults and children, maintain a well nourished condition on diets of
fruits and nuts, which are of moderate total food value and low protein
content, is strong evidence that the protein of fruits and nuts must
be well digested and efficiently utilized in metabolism. This is in
harmony both with the belief' that man is descended from ancestors whose
chief food was fruits and nuts, and with the results of modern investigations
of the chemical structure of the nut proteins.
"It seems clear from the work of the past ten or
fifteen years that the mutually supplementary effect of the proteins
from cereals, roots, and leafy vegetables is such as to provide an excellent
amino-acid blend for tissue construction and maintenance. Of course,
we should have realized this quite clearly from the records of vegetarian
peoples which are quite convincing in this respect."
"It is vulgar to regard meat in any form as necessary
to life.. . It must be admitted as a fact beyond all question that some
persons are stronger and more healthy who live on that [ vegetarian
] food. I know how much of the prevailing meat diet is not merely a
wasteful extravagance but a source of serious evil to the consumer ...
I have been compelled by facts to accept the conclusion that more physical
evil accrues to man from erroneous habits of diet than from even alcoholic
"We have quoted Rubner as condemning the old popular
idea that meat is very 'strengthening.' Actual experiments on this point
have shown exactly the opposite to be the case. Meat-eating and a high
protein diet, instead of increasing one's endurance, have been shown
exactly to reduce it.
"An experiment was made by Dr. Fisk to determine
this question. It consisted of endurance tests made on forty-nine persons
representing the two types of dietetic habits. The results indicated
that the users of low-protein and non-flesh dietaries have far greater
endurance than those who are accustomed to the ordinary American diet."
"It (Flesh Food) is material which of malice aforethought
has sedulously been been rendered toxic during the animal's lifetime.
In the first place his endocrine defences are interfered with by castration;
he is then immobilized and overfed with a view to causing him to develop
fatty degeneration of all his organs; and it is when this ugly process
is complete that he is regarded as fit for human consumption."
"Flesh foods find no place in this [diabetic] regimen.
for the ingestion of butcher's meat increases the toxaemic condition
underlying the diabetic state and reduces the sugar tolerance. On the
other hand, the non-flesh, non-stimulating and especially unfired vegetarian
diet promotes and increases sugar tolerance."
"That it is easily possible to sustain life on the
products of the vegetable kingdom needs no demonstration for physiologists
even if a majority of the human race were not constantly engaged in
demonstrating it, and many researches show not only that it is possible,
but that it is infinitely preferable in every way."
''Comparative anatomy and physiology indicate fresh fruits
and vegetables as the main food of man."
"It must be honestly admitted that, weight by weight
vegetable substances, when they are carefully selected, possess the
most striking advantages over animal food in nutritive value ...I should
like to see the vegetarian and fruit living plan brought into general
use, and I believe it will be."
"A diet consisting of any stable grain with milk
products and green leafy vegetables contains not only the right kind
and amount of protein but everything else the body needs for health,
strength, and well being."
"The functioning of the mind is affected by food.
There are certain kinds of food that supply the correct material for
the activating of the mental process. Generally speaking, the mind works
best on a mild diet without meat and containing fresh vitamins and inorganic
constituents rich in calcium-phosphates. It requires an immense amount
of nourishment, highly specialized, and containing substances secreted
by the endocrine organs of the body, which must therefore be in a generally
"A dead cow or sheep lying in a pasture is recognized
as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher's
stall passes as food: Careful microscopic examination may show little
or no difference between the fence-corner carcass and butchershop carcass.
Both are swarming with colon germs and redolent with putrefaction.
In order to obtain the best chance of recovering from
chronic ill-health; in order to perpetuate the strength and vigour of
youth to an advanced age; in order to fit oneself to withstand disease
and to make a rapid recovery when attacked; in order to secure a clear
head upon an active body; I am of opinion that a man should give up
eating all dead bodies and all preparations of them - all entrails,
organs, blood, and bones of dead animals, under whatever fancy name
they may be presented.
Speaking on the world food crisis to the Parliamentary
and Scientific committee in the House of Commons on July 29th, 1948
Sir John Boyd said that vegetarian diet is properly balanced and with
plenty of legumes and vegetable proteins does very well. It would not
only do well for the West but it would go far to save the East and to
save both halves of the world from future wars.
In an article in the Journal of the Royal Institute of Chemistry for August 1954 there is the suggestion that man will have to move towards vegetarianism. It says: " If, owing to the use of synthetics, the value of wool and leather fall seriously, then we must either pay more for beef and mutton or these two staple articles of diet will disappear altogether."