Veganism Since 1806 – ft. John Davis

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The full talk of Sir John Davis OBE of the International Vegetarian Union discussing the history of veganism in England. This is one of 14 talks from our 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Expo. For all talks on DVD or download, see our store at:

For the full story on the UK Vegan Society, Donald Watson, and the original and various definitions of “vegan” of that particular organization, see

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Randy Hollier says:

Amazing to hear this talk i love soy and vegan friends my granda died of disease after eating buttter he liked very much i stop butter i onyl eat plant i feel best

TheGreaterG8r says:

What about late 90s punk? Earth crisis was the reason veganism became mainstream. Its ok to not like the music, but dont ignore their MAJOR influence. Before that, very few people knew what veganisn was. And after, veganism exploded into the mainstream.

Sentientism says:

Great talk thanks. Interested to explore how much this history links with the history of atheism / humanism (Shelley being a prime example). See this article on sentientism for more context: + a friendly, global discussion group about sentientism here

michael s says:

Before vegetarians and vegans, they were called Pythagoreans, since Pythagoras, in addition to discovering the Pythagorean theorem in geometry, was also the founder of an obscure numerological cult that practiced veganism. The cult faded away, but dietary Pythagoreanism lingered on.

michael s says:

How did they deal with b12 deficiency in the 19th century when they did not know that cobalamin existed?

Vga1968 says:

Thanks for sharing this information !

Art Johnson says:

If this speaker is a Vegetarian or Vegan I'm very curious what he's eating, he certainly doesn't look very healthy.

Joannot says:

His name is John Snow! how cool is that ! xD
very cool! like snow even ^^

Trent Hartman says:

Somebody put this guy on a plant based diet

bhami says:

Elephant in the room: why is the speaker obese? That does not well-represent healthy veganism.

C H. says:

Hippies in the 1800's…who knew??? 😃😎😄😅😁

Rachel Auras says:

Amazing to hear the history of vegans! I’m so thankful for all the vegans throughout history – it’s so effortless to be vegan today because of them

Stéphanie D. says:

Loved the historical background! Thank you.

Elizabeth Shaw says:

Why why did somebody have to add ISM to the end of vegan!? Whenever you add an ism it implies being part of a group and part of a more religious style of group.

Sun Fellow says:

I can't find anything by John Davis at that website. A video called "Get Healthy Now" came up when I searched his name, but that's it.

Luke Whitehead says:

Wow, really informative!

J S says:

Love the speech! Thanks!

How to Game The System says:

I like history, I dont think I knew the origin of the word vegetarian but now I see how it all played out 👌👍

Paul Warren says:

Interesting video. Thanks for sharing.

Douglas Jack says:

John Davis, Thanks for this recent vegan history. I'm vegan for 30 years & was lacto-ovo-vegetarian for 16 years previously. Many here might be interested in all humanity's worldwide 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generating') ancient vegan diet heritage for 100s of 1000s of years. There is a indigenous culture of kindness worldwide to humanity & all species, which was based in 100 person intergenerational, female-male, interdisciplinary multihome-dwelling-complex (eg. Longhouse = apartment, Pueblo = townhouse & Kanata = village) collaboration & inclusive economic-welcome. Oligarch-driven colonial 'exogenous' (L 'other-generated') violent invasion of indigenous nations required a propaganda indoctrination painting indigenous as violent primitive 'savage' (L 'sylva' = 'tree') forest dwellers. When forced from productive abundant Polyculture-Orchards, indigenous peoples, without other available food to feed their families, did turn to meat. In fact indigenous & 1st Nations lived in the very urban centres most of us now call home but were forced en-masse to flee genocide to the mountains & forest lands, hence our perverted knowledge of all our ancestors. All peoples were originally indigenous on every continent & island of the world. Veganism is really about the welcome inclusion which we offer each other.
Indigenous 'SYLVALIZATION' (L 'sylva' = 'tree')Grew 3-D Polyculture Orchards are 100 times (10,000%) more productive for food, materials, energy & water-cycle, than 'civilization's' ('city-state') 2-D 'agriculture' (L 'ager' = 'field'). Polycultures are massive harvesters at 92 – 98% photosynthesis of solar energy. Food production as the foundation for all human economy, its absolutely important that; farmers, agri-business corporations, universities, government policies & all aligned food systems begin to align with & benefit from the abundance of the tree-based biosphere. Agriculture only photosynthesizes 2 – 8% of solar energy reflecting over 90% back into the troposphere where it pushes winds from the continent to the sea. At the Sahara/Sahel Latitudes of less than 30 degrees north, the sun is so hot it burns 2-D agriculture. Tree roots descend 10s of metres as deep as the canopy into the earth's substrate where they mine minerals, pump water & develop nutrient extensive colonies. Continental cold spots created through complete photosynthesis cause warm moist ocean winds to be drawn inland (warm to cold) where 60% of moisture transfer is through condensation of warm moisture laden wind onto trillions of square kilometres of fractal leaf & bark surfaces. Only 40% of water is transferred as rain/snow. 'Agriculture' 2-8% photosynthesis reflects 95% of solar energy, which pushes winds from the continent towards the sea causing permanent desert. Sahara, Gobi, Atacama etc. deserts are all created by human agriculture including exploitation of animals such as domesticated goats, sheep, cattle, pigs etc. Indigenous peoples worldwide did not exploit domesticate animals but lived in collaboration with these other tree & biosphere tending specialists.

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