The concept of Vegetarianism itself is nothing new as there were votaries of vegetarianism in ancient India and Greece as early as 5th century B.C. While India has traditionally followed the principles of non-violence and compassion towards other beings, it was practiced for medical or ritual purposes in ancient Greece and Egypt. However, with the spreading of Christianity, vegetarianism lost its popularity. However the founding of the Vegetarian Society, in Manchester, UK in 1847, brought it back to the public domain once again. Other countries like Germany followed suit. In the year 1908, The International Vegetarian Union, a union of the national societies was established. In the twentieth century, Vegetarianism as a concept grew in the West due to ethical and nutritional concerns while nowadays the resurgence is attributed mainly due to environmental and economic concerns

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