|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
23rd IVU World Vegetarian Congress 1975
Orono, Maine, USA
From Vegetarian Times, no.12:
PROS & CONS
What were the strong and weak points of the congress? We asked people to give us their opinions so that we could pre-sent a balanced evaluation. The over-all response was gen-erally favorable, but two criticisms came up frequently and more often than others. The first one was that too many lec-tures were scheduled at the same time (as many as 15 lec-tures, scheduled at the same time), making it impossible to hear all the speakers. The second most frequent criticism was related to food; "too bland", "not enough variety", etc.
A sampling of assorted opinions follows...
"It was a wonderful experience to meet vegetarians from all over
the world, I enjoyed it, but I there should have been different kinds
of diets to meet the needs of different kinds of vegetarians, particularly
for the Indians - there should have been more spicy food available for
"It was good & bad. The morning sessions had too many speakers
at one time, there were too many topics that I wan-ted to attend. I
thought there was a lack of spiritual community, but it was exciting
to be with all the different people from all parts of the world..
"I think it's time we became more outwardly oriented, we should
be educating the public instead of talking to our-selves. Other than
that, it was fine. It was an educational and spiritual experience. I
feel strengthened in my beliefs"
"It was great."
"I liked the congress, but too many talks were scheduled at once,
the food was OK, but I would have like more raw food. The cafeteria
was too noisy. I liked the yoga classes and I learned a lot about meditation.
I learned a lot about natural hygiene too.
". . . there's been no orientation towards young people..."
"I've never been in a crowd of people who have been as friendly
and as positive as the people I've met here. There haven't been any
age, national, racial, or religious bar-riers at all"
"There should have been more emphasis on animals. I'd like to
see a more humane emphasis in the movement.'
It was a very good congress, very good speakers, etc. I liked the food,
I think a lot of us overindulged..."
"I'm enjoying the congress, but I'm enjoying the people more.
It's organized well, variety-wise, but so many of the classes occur
at the same time I can't see all I want to."
"It's not political minded. People here are talking among themselves,
we're not pushing vegetarianism in a political sense. I like to see
a political emphasis."
Very nice, very nice. I bless, I pray, I posture for the success of
the congress. (Are you going to take my
"This is my first congress, and from this one I can say that I'm
definitely going to be showing up at the next one."
"...we need something like this very very badly for mil-lions
of reasons, not the least of which is the welfare of animals and the
welfare of starving people."