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Looking back at veganism
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Looking back at veganism

 I feel a little out of place writing my first post here in a community that mostly has vegans or vegetarians as its members. While my dietary preferences are far removed from any of these isms, I have always looked up to people who have chosen the veg lifestyle because I feel that above everything else, it needs a lot of self restraint and determination. Perhaps the one thing that qualifies me to write this post is my V-curiosity.

Until today I wasn’t very sure about the difference between being a vegetarian and a vegan. So when I googled and wikied a little bit about it I was in for many new discoveries. I share the info with everyone here with the hope that you would enjoy it and maybe come to know a few new and interesting facts about something you follow so passionately. After all, you don’t necessarily have to know the Bible by heart to believe in god.

• Vegetarian is a more generic term with many sub-categories

• Vegan is perhaps the strictest of all

• The term "vegan" although coined in 1944 England by Donald Watson, co-founder of the British Vegan Society, the concept can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras who believed in transmigration of the soul!

• The other contenders to the term ‘vegan’ were dairyban, vitan, benevore, sanivore, and beaumangeur

• The term vegan originally meant "non-dairy vegetarian" but later on was extended to mean “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals”

• The American Vegan Society was started by H. Jay Dinshah in 1960 on the concept of ‘ahimsa’ or non-violence

• No Animal Food (1910) by Rupert H. Wheldon is the first known vegan cookbook

I believe that taking the decision to go vegan or vegetarian is indeed a big decision. So what inspired you to go for it? Was it because of your health, because of ethical reasons? Or because of something else? And what kind are you: semi-vegetarian, ovo-lacto vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian or vegan? Would love to know all about it.

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  1. Veganara
    Vote no 1. Don't forget to vote for yourself. Great article, very informative, and welcome to the FV! For my philosophy, you may like to look at my latest article, For Life, Love and Liberty! If you like and agree, please vote!
    1. taniab
      thank you :-)
  2. evalovesbend
    Very interesting article! Voted. Check out my post the art of popsicles and vote if you like it.


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