“Peage on Earth Among the Orders of Creation”

Vegetarian ethics in the United States before World War I

Authored by: Bernard Unti

The Routledge History of Food

Print publication date:  October  2014
Online publication date:  October  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415628471
eBook ISBN: 9781315753454
Adobe ISBN: 9781317621133


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In the 1904 article “Some Historical Aspects of Vegetarianism,” Yale biochemist Lafayette Mendel pointed out the neglect of moral arguments in contemporary discussions. Critics of vegetarianism were especially inclined to ignore its status as an ethical movement dating from ancient times, Mendel noted. But the longer view made it clear that “vegetarianism involves something more than a mere dietetic program” for personal health and physical purity. 1

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