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IVU News October 2007
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Table of Contents

  1. IVU World Vegetarian Congress – Post-Conference Tour
  2. Interview on the IVU Centenary
  3. Take the Veggie Challenge
  4. DVD on Vegetarianism and Judaism Scheduled for Late October Release
  5. News from Iran
  6. Is Your Group Represented in IVU-Life?
  7. Book News: "Learning and Behavioural Disorders Can Be Linked to Diet"
  8. Another Quote on Veg and the Environment
  9. Upcoming Events
  10. Words Do Matter
  11. Free Online Nutrition Newsletter
  12. Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered With IVU
  13. Please Write for IVU Online News

IVU World Vegetarian Congress – Post-Conference Tour

The 2008 IVU World Vegetarian Congress will be held in Dresden, Germany, 27 Jul–2 Aug. Immediately afterward, a post-congress tour will be held from 2 Aug-6 Aug. The tour is titled, ‘From the Metropolis to Nature – Berlin, Potsdam and the Spreewald’, and details are available at www.ivu.org/congress/2008/brochure/angebotenglisch.pdf

Want to convince others to accompany you to Dresden? Show them the Congress Presentation, a 12MB PowerPoint file, in German or English, that you can download at www.ivu.org/congress/2008/index.html


Interview on the IVU Centenary

Below is an interview with John Davis, IVU Manager and Historian, in which John provides a glimpse into IVU’s past (see the IVU’s website for much more history) and future.

1. The 2008 IVU World Vegetarian Congress will be the 100th anniversary of the founding IVU Congress. Tell us a bit, please, about the 1908 Congress.

That's a long story - see my article on 'Why Dresden' at  www.ivu.org/congress/2008/whydresden.html - that has a link to more articles from the Congress itself.

- or better still come to the Congress in Dresden next year where I'll be giving some talks about all this! See www.ivu.org/congress/2008

2. What do you think would surprise the 1908 delegates one hundred years on about developments in vegetarianism generally and in IVU?

The biggest surprise would undoubtedly be the way we're using the Internet; even the 1994 delegates would be completely astonished by that. But the delegates from 100 years ago would be surprised to find that vegetarianism is much more generally accepted as 'normal' than it was in their day.

3. Other than the initial 1908 IVU World Vegetarian Congress, what are some other IVU Congresses that stand out?

The 1957 Congress in India was the first to be held outside of Europe, and transformed IVU into a genuinely global organisation. See my article on 'The Fabulous Fifteenth' at www.ivu.org/congress/2006/fifteenth.html for more about how that happened.

1975 saw the first Congress in North America, described by historians as "Arguably ... the most important gathering of vegetarians in the United States in the twentieth century." This one had a huge attendance, about 1500 people were there, and it kick-started most of the organised vegetarianism we have in North America today. For lots more, see: www.ivu.org/congress/wvc75

More recently the 2004 Congress in Florianopolis, Brazil, shows signs of having the same impact in that half of the Americas. See: www.ivu.org/congress/2004

4. What do you expect to be a couple highlights of the 2008 Congress?

Basically, the opportunity to meet with an amazing variety of people from all around the world. We never know what will come out of these Congresses, and everyone has different memories of the things most important for them personally. It can be a significant experience for individuals as well as for the global movement.

5. How do you see IVU's next 100 years compared to our first 100?

The priority has to be putting more emphasis into the developing world. The majority of IVU's activities in the 20th century were in Europe and North America, now it's time for the richer countries to do more help those with fewer resources of their own.

We're making a great start on this with the first ever Veg Congress in Africa, which will be in Nigeria, December 8-10 2007. For the latest www.ivu.org/africa/nigeria2007.html

- and thank you to all the readers of IVU Online News who responded so generously to our appeal. We look forward to doing a lot more like this in IVU's 2nd century.


challengeTake the Veggie Challenge

Here’s an idea from our friends at the Toronto Vegetarian Association, and it’s open to anyone in the world. Go vegetarian or vegan for one week for a chance to win some great prizes, although some of the prizes are only available in North America. By taking part, you’ll also be helping to create a healthier, greener, more peaceful world.

For details: veg.ca/content/view/26/56/


DVD on Vegetarianism and Judaism Scheduled for Late October Release

A Case for Jewish Vegetarianism booklet available FREE from PETA A new DVD by Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA), titled A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values To Help Heal The World, is scheduled for release late this month. To obtain two free copies, send your name and mailing address to JVNA Secretary/Treasurer John Diamond - Jdiamond4@cox.net

As a special bonus, John has also offered to send anyone who requests it, completely at his expense, a complimentary copy of CDs (in mp3 format) with Bach music. So, please let John know when you request DVDs if you would like him to also send you the Bach music.


News from Iran


Our friends at the Vegetarian Union of Iran (VUI) recently sent an update on their activities. Although VUI was established only in 2006, the organisation already has more than 2500 members and has arranged more than 20 meetings in different parts of Iran, such as Sari, Babol, Amool, and Qaemshar. Plus, more than 1000 people attended their Meatless Day in Jouybar and Sari. 

Furthermore, four VUI representatives will be speaking this month at the International Vegan Festival in India. VUI President, Dr Abdol Ghaffar Ebadi, along with Mrs. Mahin Ayyubi, will speak on Vegetarianism in Iran. Dr Mohammad Shokrzadeh’s paper is titled, ‘Study of Pollutants in Vegetables’, and Dr Alireza Dadashzadeh’s topic will be Animal Rights in Iran.


Is Your Group Represented in IVU-Life?
International Vegetarian Union
We have recently set up an email forum - called ivu-life - for all IVU Members and
Supporters. This allows for one representative of each group to be in regular contact
with the leaders of all the other veg groups around the world.

The full list of current members of the forum is at: www.ivu.org/members/ivu-life.html

- if your group is not an IVU member or supporter, you can become one by paying just a very small annual subscription. See www.ivu.org/members - this is open to businesses and individuals as well as Vegetarian/Vegan Societies, and your contribution will be used to promote veg*ism around the world.

This forum is probably the most significant collection of global talent and experience ever brought together in one place. Come and talk to the world leaders!

For further details contact John Davis: manager@ivu.org

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Book News: "Learning and Behavioural Disorders Can Be Linked to Diet"

Many of our children and teens have problems. Learning and behavioural disorders are increasing at an enormous rate. Hyperactivity, ADS, ADHS and violence are on the rise. To some health professionals, the only help seems to be to prescribe drugs and/or special pedagogical/psychological treatment, but success is often missing.

Sigrid De Leo Schulte (former long-time secretary of the IVU) and a teacher for more than 38 years, has observed the development of these disorders for many years and has come to the conclusion that a wrong diet is the main reason for this rapidly growing misery. Her new book’s (available in German, with Italian and English editions to follow) title can be translated as, "Learning and Behavioural Disorders Can Be Linked to Diet: Help for your child in case of hyperactivity, violence, failure at school, overweight, allergies and more". In her book, Sigrid writes about her observations, supports them with scientific studies and proposes solutions. The ISBN number is: 10:3-939061-35-2.


Another Quote on Veg and the Environment

The IVU website now contains a page of links to a wide range of web resources on Global Warming: www.ivu.org/members/globalwarming.html

Last issue, IVU Online News featured a web resource from EVU on meat and global warming - www.vegetarismus.ch/klimaschutz/index_en.htm - including quotes from a wide range of people. And,

Here's another quote. This is from the founding prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, whose current position is Minister Mentor (MM). He's famous in Asia, but not sure if he's known in the West. The quote is from Singapore's leading newspaper, The Straits Times 7 Aug ’07. The most interesting part is underlined.

Headline: Green future: Why MM is not optimistic

Byline: Lynn Lee

A PESSIMISTIC Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said he could not predict what would impact regional growth in 50 years given the damage now taking place to the global environment.

Asked about what he thought could stonewall Asia's growth in the years ahead, he reflected on the issue of climate change.

The changes that have been set in motion, he told his 180-strong audience at The Arts House yesterday, 'have already changed the balance between what the planet can bear, and what the human beings want from the world'.

'So global warming is one big enormous problem that we end up with,' he said, pointing to out-of-whack weather patterns that have spawned droughts, hurricanes and typhoons, and led to glaciers melting.

Reflecting on concerns about global warming that he had highlighted in April, he asked: 'Will we have the wisdom and ability to prevent this degradation of the environment?

'I have very serious reservations, because I don't see any government telling its people to consume less...less travel, less food, eat more vegetables, don't eat more protein. That's not the way the world is going.'


Upcoming Events

Note: IVU Online News is happy to run a short announcement of your local, national or international event. It’s best to include a web link so that people can visit your website to learn more about your event.

October may be the month with the most veg events (especially if we include 1 Nov), many of which are celebrated in multiple cities and countries. Please go to www.ivu.org/vegmonth and add a link to that from your own website. Here’s an overview:

  • 1 Oct - World Vegetarian Day
  • 2 Oct – World Farm Animal Day/ Gandhi's birthday
  • 4 Oct - Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (the nearest Sunday to this is World Day of Prayer for Animals)
  • 16 Oct - World Food Day
  • 1 Nov – World Vegan Day

And, Oct is also World Vegetarian Restaurant Month: worldvegetarianrestaurantmonth.com

  1. Australian National Vegetarian Week – 1-7 Oct
    The Australian Veg Soc (AVS) - www.veg-soc.org - will be having its 1st Australian National Vegetarian Week from 1-7 Oct: www.vegetarianweek.com.au
  2. International Compassionate Living Festival - Durham, North Carolina, USA
    ‘Becoming the Change’ is the title of the 22nd annual International Compassionate Living Festival on 5-7Oct. The festival will address a wide variety of current animal protection issues with special emphasis on academics and science. The conference is co-produced by two non-profit groups, the Culture and Animals Foundation and the Animals and Society Institute. www.animalsandsociety.org/conference07.htm
  3. Phuket (Thailand) Vegetarian Festival – 11-19 Oct
    Phuket Vegetarian Festival this year will be held from 11-19 Oct. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who observe this rite. www.thaisnews.com/news_detail.php?newsid=214552
  4. Asian Vegetarian Congress in Taiwan – 3-7 Nov
    The Asian Vegetarian Union is sponsoring the Third Asian Vegetarian Congress in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2-7 Nov. www.tianfoor.com
  5. Veg for Health Congress & Food Exhibition – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 16-17 Nov
    The Malaysia Vegetarian Society will hold a Veg for Health Congress & Food Exhibition on Fri, 16 Nov and Sat, 17 Nov at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur. For more information, contact Dr. Kamalanathan Sappani, President, Malaysian Vegetarian Society, ksappani@yahoo.com
  6. International Meatless Day Festival – Penang, Malaysia – 18 Nov
    Every year, International Meatless Day is held on 25 Nov, and every year Penang, Malaysia holds a festival to mark the occasion.

Words Do Matter

This article is from a newspaper in Arkansas (USA), a key state in the chicken flesh trade. You can read the beginning below and read the remainder at: www.nwanews.com/adg/Business/202171

Stop talking about “debeaking” a chicken. Instead, let’s call it “beak conditioning.”
That’s a suggestion from Timothy Cummings, a clinical professor and poultry veterinarian at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., who spoke to poultry producers here Friday.


Free Online Nutrition Newsletter

Paul Appleby is Secretary of Oxford (UK) Vegetarians and contributed this.

The latest Arbor Clinical Nutrition Update (www.nutritionupdates.org) tackles the subject of bone health in vegetarians and vegans.

The conclusion is reassuring:

"Overall, we think that a well balanced vegetarian diet should provide no grounds for worry regarding bone health. However, that is not to say that we cannot learn from studying vegetarians more about optimal nutrition for building bones.

In those vegetarians following diets involving significant restriction, particularly elimination of dairy foods, some supplementation of calcium and vitamin D may need to be considered. It would be prudent to ensure adequate B12 status. All this would be especially important in children, lactating and post-menopausal women."

Subscriptions to the standard edition (of which this is one) are free of charge. Please feel free to do so.  ACNU is edited by Dr Tony Helman in Australia.  There is a free standard subscription and a premium subscription for which you receive 3 times as many issues at "modest cost".  ACNU provides a readable summary of nutrition research covering a wide range of topics (not just vegetarian nutrition, of course) and is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Turkish, Korean and Russian.


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