Archived Version: December, 2014
|Primary Work Area||Industrial Agriculture|
|Review Published||December, 2014|
The Vegetarian Society is the oldest vegetarian organization in the world. They pursue a variety of programs intended to promote vegetarianism and support vegetarians, working with businesses, government, and individuals to achieve their goals. These efforts include educational services for the public and for food industry professionals, a trademark for placement on vegetarian products, and publicity outreach to the media.
This is an exploratory review of this organization. For more information on the types of reviews that we use, see our section on the evaluation process.
Improving Access to Vegetarianism
The Vegetarian Society focuses mainly on improving options for vegetarians and supporting vegetarianism. Programs such as the Cordon Vert cooking school and the Vegetarian Society product label improve access to and public knowledge about vegetarian foods. Their local networks and online community allow vegetarians to make personal connections and support each other. Given the high rates of vegetarian recidivism that have been observed, all of these efforts have the potential to make a big difference for animals.
Limited Financial Need
The Vegetarian Society is a relatively large organizations with considerable assets. Additionally, many of their programs are at least partially self-supporting. While they do seem well able to use the funding they currently receive, we think their overall financial status indicates they may not be the organization best able to use additional donations, because if they had plans for additional high-impact programs, they could likely undertake them using their existing assets and revenues.