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International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition: Day 3

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“It’s time to move beyond just personal health and wellness to the health of the whole world and the health of the planet,” said LLU Provost Ron Carter in his welcome address Wednesday morning at the International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition.

International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition: Day 1

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The theme of this year’s International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition is “Plant-based Nutrition for Personal, Population, and Planetary Health.”

International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition—Final Report

This last morning of the congress was devoted to the issue of the environment and how diet choices can impact greenhouse gases, fossil fuel use, water use and efficiency of energy use. The Chair of Nutrition at Loma Linda University's School of Public Health, Joan Sabate, M.D. Dr.P.H., was the plenary speaker and he tried to help us grasp the multilayered definition of sustainability.

International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition—Report Three

This morning, the plenary speaker was Claus Leitzmann from Germany—his title was “Vegetarian Diets: Past Present and Future.” He did a nice timeline on vegetarians in history. The first documented vegetarians were followers of Orpheus in the sixth century B.C.

International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition—Report Two

Today we started the scientific sessions of the sixth International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition with an interesting keynote speaker, David Jacobs, Ph.D., the Mayo Professor of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He decried the tendency of science to be reductionist and in particular regarding nutrition. Food, not nutrients, is the fundamental unit and diet patterns are more important than lists of nutrient targets because nutrients act synergistically, not in isolation.

International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition—Report One

The International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition is being held February 24-26, at Loma Linda University. A special pre-conference session happened Saturday evening that featured Roy Branson, moderator, and three speakers on “Vegetarianism: The Interface of Science and Values”. They also took the opportunity to honor (in absentia, due to illness) Allan Buller, retired president/CEO of Worthington Foods.

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