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Jul. 26th, 2010 | 03:00 pm
posted by: blueheron in very_vegetarian

One of the points that everyone seems to agree that we should work on for the community guidelines are definitions of the different types of vegetarianism, as well as a definition for vegan.

I have included my own in the comments. Other comments, clarifications or definitions are welcome. :)

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from: blueheron
date: Jul. 27th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Yup. :)

Interestingly enough, while I also talk about the IVU definitions above, and how they are all-over the place and possibly even etymologically incorrect, other research posted on the IVU (http://www.ivu.org/history/vegetarian.html) details how the earliest meaning of the word was used to mean no animal products at all.

There is also talk, in the light of that research, about changing the IVU definition of vegetarian to the following:

"For the purpose of membership of IVU, vegetarianism is defined as living wholly on plant foods, whilst acknowledging that some member organisations may also accept the use of some eggs, honey and/or dairy products."

To do so will require a vote amongst all 120 member groups, which should go out later this year.

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Blue

Defining vegetarian and vegan in the positive...

from: blueheron
date: Jul. 27th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
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I also though that this article on focusing on the positive (what we do eat, for example, not what we don't) is very interesting.

Other than the use of "veg*n" (this blog post spells out my distaste for that particular term), I think the article has some very good points to make, and we should keep them in mind.

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Re: Defining vegetarian and vegan in the positive...

from: vol_de_cleyre
date: Jul. 27th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps we should include Cde Vincent's post (or a summation with a link) as one of the reasons why we discourage people from using the word "veg*n" in with the community guidelines?

As far as the list of contentious issues... I would like to add "moral relitivism" to the queue.

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Blue

Re: Defining vegetarian and vegan in the positive...

from: blueheron
date: Jul. 28th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
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I don't have time tonight, but tomorrow I am going to start compiling these over at the mod community: very_veg_mod (I will also actually set up that community...).

I think that you are right -- moral relativism really is going to be the root source of much of the disagreement!

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Blue

Re: Defining vegetarian and vegan in the positive...

from: blueheron
date: Jul. 27th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
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I really like Vincent's style of writing.

He has a cookbook coming out soon as well, which is totally on my "to buy" list: New American Vegan.

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