International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
IVU logo 35th World Vegetarian Congress
'Food for all our futures'

Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
July 8-14, 2002
Hosted by

The Vegetarian Society
of the United Kingdom

The next Congress will be 2004 in Brazil - check this link for details they become available.

World Vegetarian Congress Venues since 1908

Edinburgh Live
- links to many live webcams around the city, and the current weather.

English: Introduction
Deutsch: Einleitung
Español: Introducción
Français: Introduction
Italiano: Introduzione

Maps - how to get there
Edinburgh Conference Centre
Independent Travel Guide
- if you're thinking of doing your own thing in Scotland this will give you lots of info for Edinburgh and the rest of the country.

Of congress and castles...
- notes on the group tour which could also be useful for anyone planning an independent trip.

National Vegetarian Week 2002 in the UK - was the same week as the Congress!

Global Voices - a more detailed account of the programme and activities as of Oct 2001
Italiano Voci globali

Countdown to Congress - March 2001 update.

WVC2000 - Toronto, Canada
Vegetarian Haggis Recipe

Detailed (5 page) Congress Report - by Jane Bowler, Editor of The Vegetarian (VSUK magazine)

The Vegan Biker - from Brazil

Reflections from the Chief Executive and Chair of VSUK

Interview with Rose Elliot - at the Congress

Post Congress Press Release - from VSUK

Congress Souvenirs - some brief quotes from the speakers

Edinburgh: Host of the World Vegetarian Congress - post Congress report by Rynn Berry, USA

Jeff's Congress Journal - appeared daily during the congress

Texts and Recipes - from the talks and demos

Photo Gallery - several collections from various photographers at the Congress

The Congress produced the following statement:

The International Vegetarian Union (IVU) which comprises over 100 vegetarian societies around the world, at its 35th World Vegetarian Congress with 300 participants, calls on the WSSD (World Summit on Sustainable Development) meeting in Johannesburg in August, to take active steps to reduce meat consumption globally. This action is needed in order to reduce the adverse effect of factory farming and meat production on the environment, on human nutrition and health and on animal welfare.

The world's population can then live more healthily on a plant-based diet, scarce global food resources can be fed directly to humans, rather than wastefully to farm animals and water, land and air quality would also be enhanced.
- July 12th 2002 -- IVU Council

Minutes of the IVU General Meeting

Minutes of the EVU AGM - held during the Congress

Full Programme of talks and events plus details of speakers


The next Congress will be in Florianopolis, Brazil, 2004.

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Why Edinburgh for the World Vegetarian Congress 2002?

The Venue and Accommodation

Excursion Programme

Post Conference Tour

Pre-amble to the Congress


Interactive Congress
You can now send questions to any of the speakers, even if you are unable to attend in person. Now closed!