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

Rynn Berry
Thursday - 11.30am - 12.30pm : Historical Vegetarianism - myths and facts
Thursday - 2.00pm - 3.00pm : Veggie sects that made history
Saturday - 11.30am - 12.30pm : Famous vegetarians of the past 3000 years
Saturday - 2.00pm - 3.00pm : Vegetarianism and the Worlds Religions

Rynn Berry is the historical advisor to the NAVS (North American Vegetarian Society) and is on the Advisory Board of Earth Save. In his lecturers, articles, and books, he has specialised in the study of vegetarianism from a historical perspective.

His first book, The New Vegetarians, was a collection of biographical sketches and interview of famous contemporary Vegetarians. His second book, Famous Vegetarians and Their Favourite Recipes is a biographical history of vegetarianism that ranges from Pythagoras and the Buddha to Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Beatles and beyond. In his new book Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religious, Rynn as written essays on vegetarianism in each of the world's religious: Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He has also included conversations with prominent vegetarian thinkers from each of these religions. In the back of the book FFG brings together at least five vegetarian recipes from each religious tradition.

Rynn is also the author of the monograph Why Hitler Was Not a Vegetarian, which according to Publisher's Weekly "lays to rest the myth that Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian." In his forthcoming book Fruits of Tantalus: A History of Vegan Raw foodism and Fruitarianism (with Recipes), Rynn, (a rawfoodist since 1995), explores the anthropological, historical and religious roots of raw foodism.

At the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia, where Rynn did his graduate and undergraduate work, he specialised in ancient history and comparative religion.

A popular lecturer, in New York, where he lives, Rynn teaches a college course on the history of vegetarianism (the first of its kind in the nation). His hobbies include book collecting, listening to classical music, translating ancient Greek authors, and theatre-going; his favourite pastimes include running, swimming, tennis and cycling.


Rynn Berry at the World Vegetarian Congress in the USA, 1996.


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