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What's the origin of veganism?

Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, but veganism not quite as long. The earliest known vegan was Al-Maʿarri, an Arab philosopher from the late 10th century. [His] diet was extremely ...
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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

Okinawa Japanese is one of the populations with the longest life span. Their average life span is 77 for men and 86 for women. They eat to 80% fullness and rely very heavily on whole unrefined plants. ...
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Is there a detailed, global history of vegetarianism and veganism available online?

Ian McDonald, creator of The Vegan Option internet radio show (some might call it a podcast...) and blog, crowdfunded an extensively researched 15-part audio history of vegetarianism in 2017. ...
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What's the origin of veganism?

Donald Watson invented the word vegan in 1944 by which he initially meant "non-dairy vegetarian". He co-founded the Vegan Society in England. From 1951 the society redefined vegan to mean the ...
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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

Some Neanderthals in Spain have been found to have consumed zero animal products. The theory is that since they lived inside forests there was plently of roots, mushrooms, nuts and fruits thus no ...
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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

I wouldn't be very surprised if it was. In the history of mankind, the ability to sustain something as big as a culture by purely plant-based means would not be the easiest way of doing things and ...
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What American civil war era recipes are vegan/vegetarian?

Hope this helps: This NYT webpage has a suite of recipes from this period, some of which are vegetarian (pasted below in case link dies). The recipes on this website, however, look even more ...
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What were the original aims of The Vegan Society (UK)?

As you said, the original society still exists as The Vegan Society, and they were formed by strict vegetarians that went on to exclude all animal products. According to their origin story the group ...
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What are the historical roots of antispeciesism?

Actually I have not heard any vegans use the term "antispeciesism", though I am sure some do. I have heard many talk about the evil of "speciesism", and I assume that "...
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When did the modern vegetarian movement start?

One of the earliest modern western vegetarians was Thomas Tryon (1634-1703). He wrote many books which were popular at the time. More widespread vegetarianism didn't begin till the 19th century ...
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Is there a detailed, global history of vegetarianism and veganism available online?

It may not be exactly what you are looking for (in terms of range/depth), but you may find it interesting to read nonetheless: Vegetarian nutrition: past, present, future. It's a brief history of ...
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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

It is definitely not true "that a plant-based diet never sustained any traditional culture." St. Jerome gives numerous examples of cultures in antiquity who abstained from eating flesh in ...
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Does personification of animals in fictional media like Peppa Pig and Donald Duck promote cultural reconsideration of those animals as delicacies?

I was watching Schindlers' List a few days back. Looking back at what people are capable of doing to their fellow humans if society allows it. I don't have much hope about anthropomorphized cartoons ...
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What vegan or animal rights events have spread internationally?

National Animal Rights Day (since 2011) Established by the non-profit Our Planet. Theirs Too. in 2011, The National Animal Rights Day (NARD) is an annual day observed in multiple countries around ...
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What American civil war era recipes are vegan/vegetarian?

There is also a macaroni and cheese recipe that was used, made with noodles, real cheese, and, eggs. Then baked in the oven at 350.
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What are the historical roots of antispeciesism?

I believe speciesism was first used by Richard Ryder in 1970. Since Ryder's agenda was anti-speciesism, it would follow that 'antispeciesism' followed naturally from that.
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