Encourage vegan options for all!
A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the ***** impacts of climate change, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.
Low footprint food choices are not the same as vegan food choices in all cases, the analysis is more complex than this. Generally a low footprint diet is local, seasonal food, and limits consumption of red meat, dairy, and some grains. Low footprint food choices are included in the draft Greenest City Action Plan and will be discussed through community engagement activities.
Making the town vegan-friendly will bring in all kinds of green tourism and celebrities. Famous people who are vegan:
Casey Affleck (actor)
Gillian Anderson (actress)
Drew Barrymore (former) (actress)
Ed Begley, Jr. (actor)
Mayim Bialik (actress)
Linda Blair (actress)
Jennifer Connelly (former) (actress)
James Cromwell (actor)
Ellen DeGeneres (actress)
Portia de Rossi (actress)
Emily Deschanel (actress)
Zooey Deschanel (actress/singer)
Wesley Dorrius (dee jay)
Lisa Edelstein (actress)
Pamelyn Ferdin (actress)
Andrew Günsberg (Australian radio and television personality)
Ginnifer Goodwin (actress)
Daryl Hannah (actress)
Woody Harrelson (actor)
Casey Kasem (disc jockey/media personality/voice of ****** Rogers)
Tonya Kay (dancer)
Carol Leifer (comedienne)
Jared Leto (actor)
Tobey Maguire (actor)
Nellie McKay (actress, animal rights advocate, and musician)
Lea Michele (actress and singer)
Gabrielle Miller (actress)
Kevin Nealon (actor)
Carrie-Anne Moss (actress)
Robin Quivers (Talk-show host)
Gwyneth Paltrow (former) (actress)
Joaquin Phoenix (actor)
River Phoenix (actor)
Summer Phoenix (actress)
Natalie Portman (actress)
Jason Schwartzman (actor, musician)
Daniela Sea (actress)
Alicia Silverstone (actress)
Lynda Stoner (actress)
Elissa Sursara (actress, animal rights activist) 
Taryn Terrell (WWE Diva Tiffany)
Liv Tyler (former) (actress)
Wendy Turner Webster
Billy West (voice actor)
Persia White (actress)
Olivia ***** (actress)
Spice Williams-Crosby (actress and stunt performer)
Gretchen Wyler (Broadway actress)
Carol Adams (ecofeminist theorist)
Steven Best (author)
Brigid Brophy (writer)(pp251–256)
T Cooper (novelist)
Michael C. Dorf (Cornell law professor, author)
Gary Francione (law professor, author)
Kathy Freston (health and wellness author)
Anu Garg (author, speaker, engineer)
Adam Gnade (fiction author)
Wade Keller (sports writer - PWTorch / MMATorch founder and editor, radio show host, DVD host) 
Sarah Kramer (award-winning writer and cookbook author) 
Megan McArdle (journalist and business editor of The Atlantic)
Josh Max (NYC-based journalist)
Ed Miller (poker author) 
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (cookbook author and host of the podcast Vegetarian Food for Thought) 
David Pearce (philosopher)
Dav Pilkey (children's author) 
Titus Rivas (researcher, author and lecturer)
Alice Walker (Pulitzer prize winning author and feminist)
If more restaurants had vegan options, heart disease and cancer would disappear ! How about making Vancouver the healthiest city in the world!
VEGAN is cool, therefore it reduces global warming.
Trevor Murdock commented
for more info see www.meatlessmonday.ca
Steven Forth commented
How many of the staples of a vegan diet are sustainably farmed? How many are local? Is simplifying the foodweb a green or sutainable idea?
garth harvey commented
way to go---vegan
you'll find the link to the united nation's statement carol mentions in the original post here:
Don't be selfish, GO VEGAN!
It is fitting that Vancouver be the first city to really, authentically, go green, as going vegan is the most powerful step to help the earth. Vancouver has always been ahead of it's neighbors. Bravo Vancouver !
i am vegan for the animals (both human and non-human), for the planet, and for my health. what easier way to give so much to so many?
meat ain't green. 'nuff said. :)
meat is murder!
John Wannermaker commented
Veganism is the way to go. The facts are all over the world, acessible through books, the internet, and through our own human hearts and eyes! See the truth. It's all objective.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer
For the future: our planet.
For the present: our health.
For the past, future & present: our animal friends.
Kamarin Lee commented
Love, peace and health for all! WE all can do it! Here's to a new healthful vegan way of life to all of Vancouver!
Vegan is the only way 2 B. Save the animals, the planet, humanity, and your health.
Old and Bold commented
I encourage a vegan lifestyle.....leading to a RAW vegan diet, which is the ultimate way to eat.
veganism is the way to go. i am vegan not only for health reasons, but for environment reasons as well. no meat/dairy/egg industry, no fishing, no animal cruelty means:
- much MUCH less impact on the environment: waste of fuel, 30lbs corn for 1lb of meat, water pollution, confined cattle creates new strains of viruses that end up not only killing humans through meat consumption, but especially many fish, plants through polluted water...
- ending to animal cruelty: either against cattle, in slaughter houses, animals killed and tortured for their fur, teeth, skin, for human's "pleasure" (rodeos, e.g)
- tremendous reduction in all the diseases that kill the "modern" man in the western world: obesity, cancers, osteoporosis, MS, coronary diseases, etc. all these epidemics cost us money than can be channeled toward more important social issues such as education, social problems, etc.
Big G. >> Do you have 3 stomachs or fermenting vats to extract all the nutrients? I know I don't.
Omnivores, which are defined as generalized feeders, with neither carnivore nor herbivore specializations for acquiring or processing food, and who are capable of consuming and do consume both animal protein and vegetation. They are basically *opportunistic* feeders (survive by eating what is available) with more generalized anatomical and physiological traits, especially the dentition (teeth). All the available evidence indicates that the natural human diet is omnivorous and would include meat. We are not, however, required to consume animal protein. We have a choice.
Evidence of Humans as Omnivores
As far back as it can be traced, clearly the archeological record indicates an omnivorous diet for humans that included meat. Our ancestry is among the hunter/gatherers from the beginning. Once domestication of food sources began, it included both animals and plants.
Relative number and distribution of cell types, as well as structural specializations, are more important than overall length of the intestine to determining a typical diet. Dogs are typical carnivores, but their intestinal characteristics have more in common with omnivores. Wolves eat quite a lot of plant material.
Nearly all plant eaters have fermenting vats (enlarged chambers where foods sits and microbes attack it). Ruminants like cattle and deer have forward sacs derived from remodeled esophagus and stomach. Horses, rhinos, and colobine monkeys have posterior, hindgut sacs. Humans have no such specializations.
Although evidence on the structure and function of human hands and jaws, behavior, and evolutionary history also either support an omnivorous diet or fail to support strict vegetarianism, the best evidence comes from our teeth.
The short canines in humans are a functional consequence of the enlarged cranium and associated reduction of the size of the jaws. In primates, canines function as both defense weapons and visual threat devices. Interestingly, the primates with the largest canines (gorillas and gelada baboons) both have basically vegetarian diets. In archeological sites, broken human molars are most often confused with broken premolars and molars of pigs, a classic omnivore. On the other hand, some herbivores have well-developed incisors that are often mistaken for those of human teeth when found in archeological excavations.
These indicate we could be omnivores. Saliva and urine data vary, depending on diet, not taxonomic group.
Intestinal absorption is a surface area, not linear problem. Dogs (which are carnivores) have intestinal specializations more characteristic of omnivores than carnivores such as cats. The relative number of crypts and cell types is a better indication of diet than simple length. We are intermediate between the two groups.
Humans are classic examples of omnivores in all relevant anatomical traits. There is no basis in anatomy or physiology for the assumption that humans are pre-adapted to the vegetarian diet. For that reason, the best arguments in support of a meat-free diet remain ecological, ethical, and health concerns.