In the past few years, Veganism has become increasingly popular. A lot of people mistakenly believe that this is a new trend. Being Vegan, however, is nothing new. It’s not a fad that environmentalists recently created. It’s not even something the hippies made up either. We know that Vegan history actually began almost 70 years ago.
The term “vegan” was first introduced by Donald Watson in 1944, even though the earliest known vegan cookbook was published in 1910 by Rupert H. Wheldon. The definition Donald Watson gave the word is a non-dairy vegetarian. He founded the British Vegan society and then in 1951, they changed the official definition of vegan to “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals”.
The American Vegan Society was founded by H. Jay Disnhah in 1960, in Malaga, New Jersey. This group became a dynamic force spreading the vegan message all over the world. Some of their endeavors include: a Coast to Coast Crusade across the U.S. and into Canada 1961, North Atlantic Lecture Tour (Iceland, Britain, Europe) 1965, Round the World Lecture Tour 1967 and 1968. The society published a magazine on the name Ahimsa from 1960 to 2000. In 2001, the name was changed to American Vegan and became a quarterly magazine.
American Vegan has also published many books such as: Out of The Jungle, Here’s Harmlessness, The Vegan Kitchen, Compassion: The Ultimate Ethic, and Heart Healthy Helpings. All of these are great vegan books full of delicious recipes. Anyone becoming a vegan or considering becoming a vegan should check them out.
Over the past decade, the vegan life-style has become almost a trend. Because of this, many grocery stores, restaurants, and other food establishments of embraced a variety of vegan and vegan friendly recipes.
It is now common to see a vegan/vegetarian section at grocery stores like Ralph’s or Trader Joes. Increasingly big chain restaurants are also including vegan options in their menu. Red Robin, for example, allows you to substitute a vegan Boca patty instead of a beef patty for any of their gourmet burgers.
As Americans become more health-conscious you can expect more people to embrace the Vegan way of life, even for just one day a week.