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Live vidchat “The Church that Kickstarted Vegetarianism”. Sun 11th 🕙 PST 🕕 GMT

Our second vegetarian history live vidchat brings together two historian who covered the same movement from opposite ends, but have never talked before.

Organised vegetarianism in the 19th century mostly goes back to one church, the “Bible Christians”. They were the heart of “Radicals & Romantics”, episode 12 of “Vegetarianism: The Story So Far”. I interviewed local historian Derek Antrobus about the church in Salford, England, and American academic Adam Shprintzen about the church in Philadelphia USA.

The two historians will talk for the first time and compare transatlantic notes in a live video chat with me on Sunday at 1800 GMT.  What would you like to ask them, or me, about the history or modern history of vegetarianism in general and the Bible Christians in particular? Please comment.

Podcasters interview Ian about #VegHist

If you’re not yet tired of hearing me talk about vegetarian history, you can enjoy other show hosts interviewing me about it. It makes a refreshing change to me carefully scripting a deep dive into history.

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Video Trailer for #VegHist

Why you should hear the epic backstory to today’s vegan movement. Trailer (2 mins).

VegHist Ep 15: Liberation. Veganism, hippies, and the animal rights movement. With Sam Calvert and Maneka Gandhi; at London, Cambridge, and Bangalore

Crowd holding vegan banners

How has western vegetarianism risen, within living memory, from fringe to mainstream choice? And how has veganism gone from nowhere to everywhere?

Episode 15: Liberation

This final episode recounts the growth of veganism, vegetarianism, and the modern animal advocacy movement.

Ian treads in the footsteps of the handful of pioneers who set up the vegan movement in the 1940s, and meets a life vegan born in 1951.

He investigates the sixties counterculture that combined the philosophy of ethics, activism, and new ways of living and working, visiting one of Britain’s first vegetarian wholefood co-operatives.

And as vegetarian and vegan movements increasingly link up around the world, he looks at developments in China and India. In New Delhi, he meets the vegan politician who is also the most prominent animal advocate in the world’s largest democracy.

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VegHist Ep 14: Diet Reform. On consumerism, lebensreform, and Gandhi; with Ramachandra Guha; at Sabarmati Ashram, India

In the nineteenth century, in America and Germany, new forms of vegetarianism emerge – from the individualistic consumer vegetarianism of America, to the back-to-nature European “life reform” movement.

Episode 14: Diet Reform

As animal agriculture industrialises and meat consumption rises, the ways that food reformers respond are familiar to people today – the plant-based meat, the celebrity athletes, and the reformers who worship nature, sunshine, and fresh air.

Ian goes to the shops to discover just how many vegetarian staples he owes to pioneers like John Harvey Kellogg. In Sabarmati, northwest India, he visits the Ashram of Mahatma Mohandas K Gandhi.

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Vidchat with Dr Adam Shprintzen on US #VegHist

Short YouTube Live VidChat with Dr Adam Shprintzen, author of “The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement”, and American history expert in “Vegetarianism: The Story So Far” episodes 12 through 14.

UK now has 4 vegan MPs

Westminster

This is a guide to the UK General election results of particular interest to vegans and animal advocates, conveniently in results order. [Updated with results June 9th]. Read More…

Harish Bhimani (on Wikipedia)

Indian listeners might recognise the voice behind Mohandas in episode 13 onwards. Harish Bhimani narrated the 1988-90 Indian TV adaption of “Mahabharata”, amongst many other roles. He’s one of India’s best-known voice over actors, and I’m very happy that he’s lending his talents to the story of vegetarianism.