The Bloodless Revolution

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While the word “vegetarian” wasn’t coined until the 1840s, the modern vegetarian movement came out of 17th-century England as a result of the adoption of cultures between England and India.  Some of history’s most well known figures were vegetarians, from Benjamin Franklin and Mahatma Gandhi to Adolf Hitler -- and whether for socio-political, religious or health reasons, the movement is alive and well today.

Tristram Stuart is the author of a comprehensive book called, The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from 1600 to Modern Times.   He shares some of his research, including the debate about whether or not humans are herbivores or carnivores; the cultural clashes that impacted vegetarianism; and history’s notable vegetarians…  He even addresses how he is still a meat eater.

Not ready to give up meat completely?  Here are a few resources about where to find grass-fed and free-range meats:

Wise Food Ways

Tristram Stuart graduated from Cambridge University in 1999, having won numerous academic prizes. Since then he has been a freelance writer for a number of Indian newspapers. The Bloodless Revolution is his first book. He lives in London.

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