Wednesday, November 18, 2009



The Vegan-Organic Network, in collaboration with Vegatopia, are pleased to announce a new database of over 1700 scholarly references related to the science, practice and benefits of animal free agriculture:

The database will be immensely useful for those with a research or practitioner interest in animal free agriculture, including growers, government, NGOs, academics and students. The database includes full academic references for every entry. Most entries are also annotated with summary notes and key quotations.

The database is the work of the late Dave of Darlington. Dave was a vegan-organic grower in Durham who made a life work of studying the benefits of animal free agriculture in relation to its implications for world peace and ecology. As part of this, he compiled many references and related information. Dave, a gentle, modest man died in May 2008.

Phil Sleigh of the Vegan-Organic Network kindly took over responsibility for the database and has converted it into the Excel spreadsheet and html versions available from this link. For queries, comments or corrections, contact Phil at uk

Notes :
(1) Founded in 1996, the Vegan-Organic Network is an ambitious charity with
an international network of active supporters. It aims to research and
promote vegan-organic (stockfree) methods of agriculture and horticulture so
that clean, green, cruelty-free, food becomes widely available. It publishes
a magazine "Growing Green International" and advice leaflets. There is also
a free advice service for members of the public, home growers, smallholders
and farmers. The Network organises farm walks, allotment and garden visits
and volunteer placements on stockfree holdings. VON's stockfree organic
standards inspected by the Soil Association are available for farmers and
growers who wish to grow produce in the most ethical and
environmentally- friendly way. The stockfree organic symbol is the consumer's
guarantee of "organic plus" food.

(2) Founded in 2008, Vegatopia is an online resource dedicated to promoting
ethical veganism through academic research and teaching and through
fostering collaboration between vegan activists, NGOs, academics and others.

Sally Ford - Press Officer
01584 872224 media@veganorganic. net 18 November 2009
ref. S1019

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What is veganic agriculture?

Also called stock-free farming, vegan-organics is a system which avoids all artificial chemical products (synthetic fertiliser, pesticides, growth regulators), genetically modified organisms, animal manures and slaughterhouse by-products (blood, fish meal, bone meal, etc).

DIVA employs the word 'veganiculture' to reflect the integration of vegan-organics, permaculture techniques free of domestic animals, and the cross-cultural adoption of veganism as a dietary and lifestyle choice where possible around the world.