International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
IVU logo

IVU News May 2007
to get this newsletter by email go to:

Table of Contents


Special Discounts for 2008 IVU World Vegetarian Congress

The organizers of the 2008 IVU World Vegetarian Congress, 28 July-2 August, 2008 have announced three types of discounts on the Congress registration fee. Unfortunately, it is not feasible to offer discounts on the price of meals and accommodation.

  1. 50% registration fee discount for students and young people (under 25 years old). To qualify for this discount, people must supply a copy of their student card or other appropriate document.
  2. 50% registration fee discount for people with very low income from developed countries (according to the IVU list).
  3. 75% registration fee discount for people from developing countries (according to the IVU list) or even 100% registration fee discount for the very poor.

The registration fee schedule (per person) is as follows:

  • Before 1 July 2007: EUR 130
  • Before 31 January 2008: EUR 140
  • After 31 January 2008: EUR 160
  • After 1 July 2008: EUR 180

Outline Programme for 2008 IVU World Vegetarian Congress

Here is just a sketch of what you have to look forward to at the 2008 IVU World Vegetarian Congress.

  • Sun, 27 Jul Registration, Dinner, Open Ceremony
  • Mon, 28 Jul Vegetarianism and Ethics, Religion and Spirituality
  • Tue, 29 Jul Vegetarian Diet, Health and Sport
  • Wed, 30 Jul Vegetarianism in Society and Politics / Sightseeing Tours of Dresden
  • Thu, 31 Jul Vegetarians and Ecology, Nature Conservation and World Hunger
  • Fri, 1 Aug Animal Rights, Animal Welfare / Closing Ceremony
  • Sat, 2 Aug Whole Day Excursions (optional)
  • Sun, 3 Aug Departure

For details, please visit:


Welcome to New IVU Business Supporter

Omega 3 Fish Oil Alternative Vegan EPA DHA -


News from Japan

The Japan Vegetarian Society (JPVS - ) sends the following good news.

  1. JPVS will hold its annual general assembly in Osaka on May 12. The event will feature a presentation by Dr. Kazuhiro Abe on "Roles of plant food in our diet and the increasing importance of dietary education." Another highlight of the assembly will be a buffet party with food prepared by the chefs of the Rihga Royal Hotel.

  2. The 5th Tokyo Vegetarian Week Festival will be held in September in Yoyogi Park near Shibuya. The festival commemorates the life of Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933), a well-loved writer and poet, who was a vegetarian and Esperantist. The festival was inspired by Miyazawa’s book “Bijiterian Taisai" (Vegetarian Grand Festival). Indeed, the festival has become so popular that it has been expanded to an entire month this year. Similar vegetarian festivals will be held in other parts of Japan. For details:

    One of Miyazawa’s most famous books is available in English: "Restaurant of Many Orders" (intended for all ages). It tells the story two arrogant hunters from the city, who find themselves in a world where fantasy and reality merge when they enter the Wildcat House Restaurant. The lessons they learn will stay with them forever.

  3. Japanese vegan rock band Sipa Baled Clone mainly performs in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. All the band members became vegan last year, and two of them have joined JPVS. To sample some of their music, please visit:

  4. Vegan ramen is now available. Ramen is a very popular noodle dish in Japan, and there are ramen restaurant chains around the country. Since Japanese ramen dishes are heavily carnivore, with pork, chicken or fish broth and usually a topping of sliced Chinese-style barbecued pork, being vegetarian in Japan means you never step into a ramen restaurant. However, there is a sign of change. Last year, Kagetsu, one of the major ramen restaurant chains, added a vegan ramen dish called "Nana" to its menu: (site available only in Japanese). In 2006, Kagetsu sold "Nana" only for a short time. Fortunately, due to popular response, in 2007, Kagetsu is selling "Nana2" from March 14 through May 31, and with a JPVS vegan stamp of approval. With the JPVS stamp of approval, Nana2 should enjoy high visibility, and more ramen lovers will find out about JPVS.


Third Asian Vegetarian Congress – November 2007 - Taiwan

The Third Asian Vegetarian Congress will be held 3-7 Nov 2007, in Kaohshiung, Taiwan. The conference theme is “The Spiritual Perspective on Vegetarianism”. A wide range of speakers from Asia and beyond are scheduled to address the gathering. Also, included are exhibitions, cultural performances, yoga, massage and, of course, lots of delicious vegetarian food.

For details and to register, please visit:


Vegetarian for Life: New UK Charity to Support Older Vegetarians

Vegetarian for Life is a new charity being set up by the Vegetarian Housing Association. It will aim to improve standards of catering for older vegetarians and vegans throughout the U.K. Because of the U.K.’s aging population, ever more people are living in care homes and retirement complexes, or relying on home care and meals on wheels. In many cases, elderly vegetarians and vegans have struggled to get acceptable food, and in extreme cases, they have been forced to eat meat.

The new charity intends to tackle this and related problems with a range of services, possibly including: an accreditation scheme for good providers; a website and information service; specific catering guides; menu and nutrition advice; and specialised training for cooks.

Vegetarian for Life will be independent but hopes to have a strong working partnership with the UK Vegetarian Society and with other charities working in the vegetarian field.

Vegetarian for Life has appointed Tina Fox, previously Chief Executive of the UK Vegetarian Society for 11 years, as its first manager. Tina says – “I am delighted to take on this new challenge. For a long time I have felt that older people in the vegetarian movement, who were often pioneers in their time, are not given the support that they deserve, and VFL hopes to redress the balance”.

For further information on Vegetarian for Life, please contact Tina on +44 07802 615533 or via .


Plant Foods Boost Men’s Health

A study recently published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed more than 32,000 male health care workers between the ages of 46 and 70 since 1986. The men completed diet surveys that asked how often they ate 131 foods, including various fruits and vegetables. Results indicated that men who consumed the most vegetables had better health and were less likely to have prostate surgery.


Welcome to Organizations That Have Recently Registered with IVU

Please Write for IVU News

Dear Veg Activist

Please use this newsletter as a way to share your knowledge, ideas and experiences with fellow veg activists.

Thx. -

IVU Online News is non-copyright. Readers are encouraged to share the contents elsewhere. If you do so, please consider including a link to as others may wish to subscribe to this free publication.