Timeline of vegetarianism and veganism
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|Time period||Development summary||More details|
|3300 BCE onward||Earliest historical record||The earliest recorded practice of vegetarianism is identified in the Indus Valley Civilization. Early vegetarians include Indian philosophers, as well as Greek and Roman intellectuals.|
|1840s onward||Modern vegetarian organizations||This period begins with the establishment of the Vegetarian Society in Britain. A number of vegetarian oganizations follows, especially in Europe. The word 'vegetarian' is also first known to have been used in print in 1842.|
|1944 onward||Vegan movement||This period encompasses the new concept of veganism, as well as the emergence of the first vegan organization, both created in 1944.|
Summary by century
|Time period||Development summary|
|19th century||Vegetarianism establishes itself as a movement in Europe and the United States.|
|20th century||Vegetarianism becomes a forceful movement. In this century, there is an increased awareness of the relationship between animals and humans. The vegan movement is born.|
|21st century||The vegan diet becomes increasingly mainstream, especially in the last years.|
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|3300 BC–1300 BC||Vegetarianism||The practice of vegetarianism is already identified in the Indus Valley Civilization in the Indian subcontinent particularly in northern and western ancient India.||India|
|877 BC–777 BC||Activism||Early Jain called Parshvanatha teaches followers about ahimsa (non-violence), one of the cornerstone beliefs meaning non-violence to living forms.||India|
|520 BC||Vegetarianism||Policy||Persian emperor Cyrus the Great is born. A vegetarian himself, Cyrus would order his soldiers also strictly to adhere to this diet.|
|500 BC||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||Greek philosopher Pythagoras advocates the idea that all animals have immortal souls which would be reincarnated after death. Pythagoras promotes benevolence among all species and follows what could be described as a vegetarian diet.||Greece|
|484BC–425BC||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||Greek historian Herodotus lives. He condemns the killing and eating of animals.||Greece|
|206 BC–220 AD||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||Han Dynasty. Vegetarianism is introduced by buddhist missionaries from India.||China|
|106BC–423BC||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||Roman statesman Cicero states:"Man is destined to a better occupation than that of pursuing and cutting the throat of dumb creatures." And, " Nothing cruel is useful or expedient."|
|5 BC–65 AD||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca lives. An ardent vegetarian, Seneca creates a vegetarian cult in the Court.|
|40 AD–120 AD||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||Greek philosopher Plutarch lives. His essay on flesh eating contains ethical arguments for vegetarianism.|
|520||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||Buddhist monk Boddhidharma introduces Zen in China. Boddhidharma teaches vegetarianism.||India|
|973–1057||Veganism||Adoption||Arab poet al-Maʿarri is recognized as one of the earliest known vegans.|
|1398||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||Indian mystic poet Kabir calls to compassion, condemning meat-eating and killing of animals no matter if it is permitted in the "Koran" or any other Scripture for "sacrificial" purposes.||India|
|1806||Veganism||Concept development||The earliest concepts of veganism start to take shape, with Dr William Lambe and Percy Bysshe Shelley amongst the first Europeans to publicly object to eggs and dairy on ethical grounds.|
|1809||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Bible Christian Church, a Christian vegetarian sect, is founded by William Cowherd.||United Kingdom|
|1813||Vegetarianism||Literature (book)||English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley publishes A Vindication of Natural Diet, advocating "abstinence from animal food and spirituous liquors".||United Kingdom|
|1815||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||London physician William Lambe claims that his "water and vegetable diet" could cure anything from tuberculosis to acne.||United Kingdom|
|1839||Vegetarianism||Concept development||The term "vegetarian" at this time refers to what is described as a vegetable regimen or diet.|
|1847||Vegetarianism||Organization||The UK Vegetarian Society is founded.||United Kingdom|
|1850||Vegetarianism||Organization||The American Vegetarian Association in founded in New York.||United States|
|1882||Vegetarianism||Organization||The French Vegetarian Society is founded. Its aim is to "propagate vegetarianism and assert the benefits of any order it presents."||France|
|1883||Vegetarianism||Literature (book)||English humanitarian Howard Williams publishes The Ethics of Diet, which is considered the first book on vegetarian history.|
|1884||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Hungarian Vegetarian Society is founded.||Hungary|
|1894||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Dutch Vegetarian League is founded.||Netherlands|
|1896||Vegetarianism||Organization||A Vegetarian Society is formed in Stockholm.||Sweden|
|1899||Vegetarianism||Organization||A Vegetarian Society is established in Milan.||Italy|
|1901||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Russian Vegetarian Society is formed.||Russia|
|1905||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Spanish Vegetarian Society is formed.||Spain|
|1906||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Greek Vegetarian Society is formed.||Greece|
|1908||Vegetarianism||Organization||The International Vegetarian Union is launched at the first International Vegetarian Congress in Dresden, Germany.||Germany|
|1908||Vegetarianism||Organization||The World Esperantist Vegetarian Association is founded.|
|1918||Veganism||Trend growth||The world's first raw vegan restaurant is opened in Los Angeles, California by John and Vera Richter.||United States|
|1925||Veganism||Literature (book)||Vera Richter publishes Mrs. Richter's Cook-Less Book, the first raw vegan cookbook.||United States|
|1935||Vegetarianism||Concept development||The Vegetarian Society states: "The lacto-vegetarians, on the whole, do not defend the practice of consuming the dairy products except on the ground of expediency."|
|1938||Vegetarianism||Literature (book)||Jewish vegetarianism. The first Jewish-vegetarian cookbook is compiled by Fania Lewando and is first published in Vilnius.||Lithuania|
|1943||Vegetarianism||Organization||The New Zealand Vegetarian Society is founded.||New Zeland|
|1944||Veganism||Organization||The Vegan Society is founded. It is the oldest vegan society in the world.||United Kingdom|
|1944||Veganism||Concept development||The Vegan Society co-founder Donald Watson coins the term "vegan" using it to mean "non-dairy vegetarian".|
|1945||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Toronto Vegetarian Association is founded.||Canada|
|1945||Veganism||Concept development||Vegans explicitly abstain from "eggs, honey; and animals' milk, butter and cheese".|
|1951||Veganism||Concept development||The Vegan Society defines veganism as "the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals".|
|1952||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Italian Vegetarian Association is founded.||Italy|
|1960||Veganism||Organization||The American Vegan Society is founded.||United States|
|1974||Vegetarianism||Organization||Hare Krishna Food for Life is founded as a nonprofit with the purpose "to bring peace and prosperity to the world through the liberal distribution of sanctified vegetarian meals".||India|
|1974||Vegetarianism||Literature (magazine)||American magazine Vegetarian Times launches.||United States|
|1975||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Jewish Vegetarian Society of America is founded.|
|1978||Veganism||Organization||The Dutch Society for Veganism is founded.||Netherlands|
|1982||Vegetarianism||Meat substitute||The veggie burger may have been created in London in this year by Gregory Sams, who calls it the 'VegeBurger'. A Carrefour hypermarket in Southampton sells 2000 packets in three weeks after its launch.||United Kingdom|
|1984||Veganism||Organization||The Movement for Compassionate Living (MCL) is founded. It promotes veganism.||United Kingdom|
|1984||Vegetarianism||Literature (book)||Daniel Dombrowski publishes The Philosophy of Vegetarianism.|
|1984||Veganism||Literature (book)||Brenda Davis publishes diet book Vegetariana. It is considered a classic in its field.|
|1986||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Boston Vegetarian Society is founded.||United States|
|1987||Vegetarianism||Literature (book)||Rudolph Ballentine publishes Transition to Vegetarianism: An Evolutionary Step.|
|1988||Vegetarianism||Organization||The European Vegetarian Union is founded.||Netherlands|
|1989||Veganism||Literature (magazine)||Arkangel is first published. It promotes vegan lifestyle.||United Kingdom|
|1989||Veganism||Literature (magazine)||No Compromise launches as a bi-annual animal rights magazine. It promotes a vegan lifestyle.||United States|
|1990||Veganism||Trend growth||The Vegan Trademark scheme is launched. It is used on labels worldwide as the authentic standard for products free from animal ingredients and animal testing.|
|1993||Veganism||Organization||Vegan Outreach is founded. It is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to end violence towards animals.||United States|
|1993||Vegetarianism||Organization||Swissveg is founded. It is the biggest community in Switzerland for vegetarians and vegans.||Switzerland|
|1994||Veganism||Organization||Vegan Prisoners Support Group is founded.||United Kingdom|
|1994||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Association Végétarienne de France is founded.||France|
|1994||Veganism||Advocacy||The World Vegan Day is first celebrated on November 1st. It would evolve into World Vegan Week and later World Vegan Month; where vegans and veganism is celebrated in workplaces, shops, restaurants and in homes all over the world.|
|1995||Veganism||Organization||Vegan Awareness Foundation is founded. It works "to eliminate animal suffering, reduce environmental impacts, and improve human health through a vegan diet".||United States|
|1998||Veganism||Literature (book)||Erik Marcus publishes Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating.|
|1998||Vegetarianism||Concept development||A Vegetarian Diet Pyramid is created by Oldways Preservation Trust with scientific research from Cornell and Harvard University and specific reference to the healthy patterns of eating demonstrated by the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.||United States|
|1999||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Vegetarian Society (Singapore) is established.||Singapore|
|1999||Vegetarianism||Organization||The Christian Vegetarian Association is founded.||United States|
|1999||Vegetarianism||Literature (book)||Richard A. Young publishes Is God a Vegetarian? Christianity, Vegetarianism, and Animal Rights.|
|1999||Vegetarianism||Literature (book)||Lisa Portmess and Kerry S. Walters publish Ethical Vegetarianism: From Pythagoras to Peter Singer.|
|1999||Vegetarianism, veganism||Online community||HappyCow launches as an online service that lists sources of vegan, vegetarian and healthy food.||United States|
|2000||Vegetarianism||Organization||Ethical Vegetarian Alternative is founded to raise awareness about the benefits of eating less or no meat.||Belgium|
|2000||Vegetarianism||Literature (book)||Colin Spencer publishes Vegetarianism: A History. The book explores the psychology of abstention from flesh.|
|2000||Veganism||Literature (magazine)||American magazine VegNews launches. It publishes content about and relating to veganism.||United States|
|2000||Vegetarianism, veganism||Online community||VeggieBoards launches. It is one of the largest and most active internet forums for vegetarians and vegans.|
|2001||Vegetarianism and veganism||Festival||Veggie Pride is first held in Paris. It brings together vegetarians and vegans who want "to show their pride at refusing to eat animals, and to denounce the discrimination which they suffer, both personally and in terms of expressing their ideas".||France|
|2001||Veganism||Broadcasting||Talk radio program Go Vegan debuts.||United States|
|2002||Vegetarianism||Activism||Meet Your Meat is released. This documentary explores the treatment of animals in modern animal agriculture.|
|2003||Vegetarianism||Organization||Meatless Monday launches. It is an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and address the Environmental effects of meat production.|
|2003||Veganism||Festival||Vegfest (UK) starts in Bristol. Vegfest is one of the biggest Vegan/Vegetarian festivals in the world.||United Kingdom|
|2003||Vegetarianism||Study (nutrition)||Study conducted on 555 Kenyan schoolchildren, who were fed one of three different types of soup – one with meat, one with milk, and one with oil – or no soup at all, finds that the children who were given the soup containing meat each day outperformed all the other children on a test for non-verbal reasoning by the end of the study.||Kenya|
|2004||Vegetarianism||Festival||Vegfest Brasil launches.||Brazil|
|2004–2018||Veganism||Trend growth||Search data from Google Trends shows a profound worldwide increase in the interest in veganism in this period. Top regions include Israel, Australia, Canada, Austria, and New Zealand.||Worldwide|
|2005||Veganism||Literature (book)||The China Study is published by T. Colin Campbell. It examines the link between the consumption of animal products (including dairy) and chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and bowel cancer.||United States|
|2005–2018||Vegetarianism||Trend growth||The number of vegetarians grows from 1% of the population in Germany to 7% in this period.||Germany|
|2006||Vegetarianism||Festival||The Vegetarian Festival in Tokyo starts.||Japan|
|2007–2014||General||Statistics||An estimated 400 million fewer animals are killed in the United States in 2014 compared to 2007 because of decreased consumption of animal products.||United States|
|2009||Veganism||Organization||Vegan Ireland: The Vegan Society of Ireland is founded as a non-profit. It promotes veganism and animal rights.||Ireland|
|2009||Veganism||Nutrition||A study of bone density finds the bone density of vegans is 94 percent that of omnivores, but deems the difference clinically insignificant.|
|2009||Vegetarianism||Literature (book)||Lierre Keith publishes The Vegetarian Myth. "Part memoir, nutritional primer, and political manifesto, this controversial examination exposes the destructive history of agriculturecausing the devastation of prairies and forests, driving countless species extinct, altering the climate, and destroying the topsoiland asserts that, in order to save the planet, food must come from within living communities"||United States|
|2009||Vegetarianism, veganism||Literature (book)||Amy Shand publishes That's why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book about Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things, a non-fiction book for children.|
|2010||Vegetarianism||Study|| Environmental vegetarianism. A report from the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management states:
Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth and increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.
|2011||Veganism||Organization||Veganz is founded. It is the first vegan supermarket chain in Europe.||Germany|
|2011||Veganism||Documentary film||Vegucated is released. It explores the challenges of converting to a vegan diet.||United States|
|2012||Veganism||Literature (maganize)||Naked Food launches. It is a quarterly magazine focusing on whole-food plant-based nutrition.||United States|
|2012||Veganism||Organization||Vegan Australia is founded. It campaigns nationally for veganism.||Australia|
|2013||Veganism||Festival||Hong Kong Vegfest is held for the first time. It is a yearly volunteer-run festival organized by a collaboration of major organizations and institutions with the aim of promoting veganism in Hong Kong.||Hong Kong|
|2013||Vegetarianism||Literature (book)||Adam D. Shprintzen publishes The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921.||United States|
|2013||Veganism||Literature (book)||Amy Shand publishes V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind.|
|2014–2018||Veganism||Trend growth||Vegan facial skincare launches almost triple in this period, rising from 13% of all launches in 2014 to 28% in 2018.|
|2014||Veganism||Statistics||According to a report by research firm GlobalData, about 1% of consumers in the United States claim to be vegan.||United States|
|2014||Organization||Peepal Farm is founded.||India|
|2014||Veganism||Literature (book)||Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina publish diet book Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Base Nutrition, Comprehensive Edition.|
|2014||Veganism||Organization||Veganuary launches. It is a British nonprofit organization that promotes and educates about veganism by encouraging people to follow a vegan lifestyle for the month of January.||United Kingdom|
|2014–2017||Veganism||Trend growth||The number of vegans in the United States grows by 600% from nearly 4 million in 2014 to 19.6 million in 2017.||United States|
|2016||Veganism||Statistics||German companies launch more vegan food products than in any other country.||Germany|
|2016||Vegetarianism||Program launch||The Chinese health ministry releases dietary guidelines in that encourage their population of more than 1.3 billion people to reduce their meat consumption by 50%.||China|
|2016||Veganism||Statistics||The global plant milk market was worth over US$8 billion in the year.||Worldwide|
|2016–2019||Veganism||Trend growth||The number of vegan food and drink businesses launched in Europe increases 93%, from 6,041 in 2016 to 11,655 in 2019.||Europe|
|2016||Veganism||Statistics||Europe stands as the largest market for meat substitutes to date, accounting for 39% of global sales.||Europe|
|2016||Veganism||Study (nutrition)||The German Society for Nutrition states that – for children, pregnant or nursing women, and adolescents – vegan diets are not recommended.||Germany|
|2017||Veganism||Trend growth||The percentage of vegans in the United States reaches 6% of consumers.||United States|
|2017||Veganism||Study (nutrition)||Study shows that vegans have extremely low levels of choline, since people who eat eggs tend to have almost double the choline levels of those who don’t.|
|2017||Veganism||Organization||ProVeg International is founded. Its mission is to help reduce the global consumption of animal products by 50% by the year 2040, by making plant-based lifestyles more attractive and accessible.||Germany|
|2017||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||Environmental vegetarianism. 15,364 world scientists sign a Warning to Humanity calling for, among other things, drastically diminishing our per capita consumption of meat.|
|2017||Veganism||Literature (book)||Tobias Leenaert publishes How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach. Leenaert follows an utilitarian approach in his advocacy, stating that the vegan movement need be more pragmatic.|
|2017||Veganism||Trend growth||British food delivery service Just Eat sees a 94% increase in vegan food orders in Ireland in the year.||Ireland|
|2017||Veganism||Trend growth||Demand for meat-free food in the United Kingdom increases by 987% in the year.||United Kingdom|
|2017||Vegetarianism||Trend growth||According to the Swedish Board of Agriculture, Sweden sees its largest decrease in meat consumption for 30 years with a 2.6% drop in people eating meat in the year.||Sweden|
|2017–2018||Veganism||Statistics||Germany, a global leaders when it comes to vegan product development and launches, accounts for 15% of global vegan introductions between July 2017 and June 2018.||Germany|
|2018||Veganism||Trend growth||There are as many people searching for vegan Thanksgiving recipes as there are people searching for turkey Thanksgiving recipes in the United States.||United States|
|2018||Vegetarianism||Trend growth||Around 60% of Poles say they plan to cut back on their meat consumption at this time.||Poland|
|2018||Veganism||Trend growth||The size of the global vegan food market is calculated to be worth US$12.69 billion.|
|2018||Veganism||Trend growth||The United Kingdom launches more vegan products than any nation.||United Kingdom|
|2018||Vegetarianism||Trend growth||The total market for plant-based meat alternative products is around US$4.6 billion in the year.|
|2018||Veganism||Study||A study by Oxford University finds that avoiding meat and dairy is the single biggest way to reduce the impact of an individual on Earth, as animal farming provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of our farmland.||United Kingdom|
|2018||Veganism||Trend growth||The worldwide funding of novel vegan meat replacement companies reaches US$900 million.||Worldwide|
|2018||Veganism||Study||A Greenpeace report finds that “global meat and dairy production and consumption must be cut in half by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change and keep the Paris Agreement on track. "If left unchecked, agriculture is projected to produce 52% of global greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades, 70% of which will come from meat and dairy."|
|2018–2019||Veganism||Trend growth||British book retailer Waterstones have 9,030 book titles with the word 'vegan' in them available for sale (as of December 2019) compared to 944 in August 2018.||United Kingdom|
|2018–2019||Veganism||Trend growth||Iceland tops the worldwide rankings for popularity of veganism in the period comprised between June 2018 and June 2019.||Iceland|
|2018–2019||Veganism||Trend growth||Retail sales of plant-based foods in the United States increase 11 percent from 2018 to 2019, hitting a plant-based market value to US$4.5 billion.||United States|
|2019||Veganism||Trend growth||The packaged vegan food market in Australia is worth almost US$200 million.||Australia|
|2019||Veganism||Study (nutrition)||Nutritionist claims that vegan diets can stunt brain development, arguing that animal products are the best sources of choline, an essential nutrient for brain and liver health.||United Kingdom|
|2019||Veganism||Study (nutrition)||Study on risks of ischaemic heart disease and stroke suggests that vegans tend to have healthier hearts.|
|2019||Vegetarianism||Advocacy||Environmental vegetarianism. A significant reduction in meat consumption is advocated by, among others, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their special report.|
|2019||Veganism||Study||A Harvard University report proves that if everyone in the United Kingdom went vegan, the population would still have enough food for everyone to eat. If the country returned meat, dairy and egg farms back to forest and grew health-promoting crops for human consumption, it would be able to sustain human calorie and protein needs in place of feed currently grown for animals.||United Kingdom|
|2019||Veganism||Trend growth||According to Google Trends, the United Kingdom is the most popular country for veganism, followed by the Australia and New Zealand.||United Kingdom|
|2019||Veganism||Trend growth||Plant milks make up 13% of the entire milk category in the United States. Their sale grow by 6% in the year, while cow's milk sales decline by 3%.||United States|
|2019||Veganism||Policy||The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium decides a vegan diet is “unsuitable” for children, implying the possibility to imprison parents who enforce a vegan diet on their children.||Belgium|
|2040||Vegetarianism||Prediction||It is predicted that by this year, only 40% of the global population will be consuming meat, with 35% consuming clean (lab) meat and 25% vegan meat replacements.|
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