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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)

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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