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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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Re: for me, vegetarianism extends to lifestyle

from: blueheron
date: Jul. 27th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)

We will definitely get to this debate some time (but not here while we are discussing policy :) ).

Suffice to say, many people eat a vegetarian diet for health or environmental reasons, not animal welfare concerns -- books like "Eat to Live", "The China Study" and "Diet For a Small Planet" are all examples of this.

The IVU has a list of definitions, but their section on veganism is all over the place and their vegetarian sections is inaccurate in some of their etymological points.

The UK Vegetarian Society has a slightly more terse, and, IMHO, more accurate description page (or at least, easier to get through) than the IVU. They make no mention of anything other than food. I still don't like their definition of "vegan", and I would substitute that with "strict vegetarian" or "plant based diet", and as such I think that we should definitely take the definition of vegan from the UK Vegan Society.

One interesting point of note is that the UK Vegetarian Society does not certify things as "vegetarian" if they contain eggs that are not free-range certified.

Edited at 2010-07-27 12:59 pm (UTC)

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