"Understanding the difference is easy. Vegetarians eat vegetation. Carnivores eat animals. Omnivores eat both. Allison Jones-Lo 2011"

Why a timeline? 

The purpose in compiling this timeline was to chronologically list and cross reference basic information found in my collection of books on vegetarian history. It is far from complete.

I have set up the dates to reflect when an event began and listed names on the year of that person's birth. Dates printed in green indicate an entry referring specifically to veganism.

I do not take copyrights to this timeline. I hope this timeline inspires you to read these and other books on vegetarian history.

Allison Jones-Lo, November 2015, Santa Fe, NM 


Vegetarianism: the theory or practice of living solely upon vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts. ~ Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, unabridged.

British and American social exceptions to the international definition of vegetarianism since 1944:

Lacto-Vegetarian: a person who eats a vegetarian diet but adds animal milks/animal milk products.

Ovo-Vegetarian: a person who eats a vegetarian diet but adds eggs/egg products.

Vegan/Ethical Vegetarian: a person who does not eat any animal derived foods of any kind.

Ethical Vegan: A person whos entire lifestyle is free of animal derived products; in the diet, wardrobe, furniture, household items, accessories, vehicles, etc...

Notice that in all these definitions, international and social, no animal flesh of any kind is ever allowed.