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Ian McDonald brings you "Stories, science, and analysis from vegan perspectives."

Born Vegan: from 1976 UK TV to the Hebrew Israelites, three very different vegan childhoods
1 May 2012 at 1:27pm
Born Vegan

What is it like to grow up vegan in a non-vegan world? We hear three stories of vegan childhood:

Rosemary- appeared as a baby on a BBC programme about veganism in 1976 Elishama – grew up in the Hebrew Israelites, a religious community trying to rebuild the lifestyle of Eden Andrew – the son of veteran animal activists http://archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionBornVegan/theVeganOption_BornVegan.mp3 (25 min) Play or download(20 MB MP3)(other formats)(via iTunes) Open Door

In the 1970s, the BBC’s Community Programmes Unit helped different groups produce episodes of Open Door to present their perspective. In 1976, The Vegan Societypresented”To a Brighter Future for All Life” (BFI listing) featuring stalwarts like Kathleen Jannaway andEva Batt who were involved in the first years of the organised vegan movement.

This 1976 issue of The Vegandescribes the Open Door show and the large response to it.Also featured is an article by Rosemary’s parents titled “Veganism can be cheaper too”. In anage without video recorders or YouTube uploads, it offered a blow-by-blow account of the show. Here is Rosemary’s appearance:

The Bland Family – Jenny, Harold, and baby Rosemary – were shown under the hazels in the garden. They told of the healthy diet they had been following for ten years and which they found helped them to enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities – cycling, camping, canoeing, walking, as well as carrying on their working live.

Harold explained with the help of charts that the vegan diet is very economical in terms of land usage; wheatyielding ten times as much protein per acre as beef and three times as much milk (allowing for the biological factor). He maintained that Britain could become self sufficient in food and that, over 40% of the world’s grain harvest was being wasted by being fed to animals. Jenny maintained that they found the diet very interesting as well as cheaper and easier to prepare.

Activist Kim Stallwood credits Open Door with convincing him to go vegan. Portland blogger @lovemotionstory says she’s “kind of in love with this vintage, BBC series”. These reactions followsomeonepostingOpen Door: To a Brighter Future for All Life in full on YouTube. Rosemary is at the start of part 2.

Hebrew Israelites

Elishama was born in the African Hebrew Israelite community inDimona, Israel. Their plant based diet is part of a wider belief systemabout recovering the lifestyle (and lifespans) of Eden; it includeswool, silk, and honey. FounderBen Ammi cites Genesis and says that because man was created from dirt, dirt can bring forth all we need to be healthy [Video].

African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem on Wikipedia AfricanHebrewIsraelitesOfJerelusalem.com, their own site Kingdom of Yah [God] on YouTube Archived CBS story on the first Hebrew Israelite to represent Israel at Eurovision

They run the chain of Soul Vegetarian restaurants; the AV Club interviewed Yohanna Brown, co-founder of one of the first.

Nutrition

If you’ve come here looking for nutrition information, you might want to go instead to:

Vegetarian Food for Thought Podcast: Vegan with Child, a Healthy Combination– Colleen Patrick Goudreau summarises nutrition advice for pregnancy VeganHealth.org: Pregnancy, Infants and Children UK Vegan Society: The Vegan Diet for Infants and Children Credits

Thanks to all contributors, not just Rosemary, Elishama, and Andrew but alsoMair, Daniel, and Hedi, who we didn’t have time to feature. Thanks also to the people who helped put us in touch: Brian Jacobs, Harold Bland, Elishama’s aunt Danielle, and Angie.

Particular thanks to Andrew’s family for tolerating us: his wife Hannah and children Florence (on our opening credits) and Tom (playing in the background).

The film is (c) BBC; a minimum clip is used in the show under fair use, on the basis that talking with its youngest cast member three decades later counts as comment. Robb Masters, aka Idiotech, wrote our theme.

(Listener Aimee Daniels did, rightly, point out that we’re all born vegan. But we couldn’t think of a better title.)



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