How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

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    7 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Plant additional trees  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    S. S. commented  · 

    I can see how perhaps some people would say that there would be health concerns surrounding public food sources like that, as well as the issue of who would have the right to take how much from a given boulevard, etc. But I do think this is an important idea to consider. When I was in Spain, they had orange trees lining their streets - not oranges that could be eaten as they were, but oranges that could be used to make marmalade or for medicinal purposes I think. Anybody know anything about the rules that would go along with something like that?

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    130 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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.

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    S. S. commented  · 

    Regarding agricultural practices on the part of farms producing foods that happen to be vegan (corn, soy, grains), might I also remind that the majority of these crops (between 55-75%) produced in North America are used to feed livestock. Just think of how much space is used up, and how much water - to feed the livestock AS WELL as the crops that feed them - is used up in order for people to eat meat/dairy! Just one of many reasons why veganism is definitely something worth considering.

    Even just cutting back - the fact is that Canadians are consuming more meat/dairy than we need. And meat/dairy are taking up all these resources. Under the circumstances, it seems outrageous for it to be considered normal to eat multiple servings of meat & dairy on a daily basis.

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    S. S. commented  · 

    While there are certainly problems that have been/are being caused due to soy and nut production practices, there are even MORE problems that arise from producing dairy, meat, and eggs. And of course there's the fact that in order for animal agriculture to survive, so must the current, damaging, corn & soy production that feeds the animals. But I do agree with Steven Forth that if we're going to transition to more vegan diets, we've got to make sure we're doing it right! Let's make sure we don't wind up encouraging whole other irresponsible agricultural practices.

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    S. S. commented  · 

    It is outrageous that milk is considered "one of the essential food products". Why would our species evolve to be nutritionally dependent on the lactation of a completely different species? This makes no sense biologically. People don't NEED dairy. It's time for the government to get the Canadian dairy industry's hands out of its pockets and quit telling us that "2 out of 3 Canadians don't get enough milk products". This is like saying, "2 out of 3 Canadians don't get enough oranges". Yes, it may be a source of nutrients, but it is by no means the only way we can, or SHOULD, be getting them. Therefore, we should not be told that cow's milk itself is an "essential food product".

    In addition, cow's milk is hardly the highest food in calcium -
    MG OF CALCIUM PER 100gm SERVING:
    Tofu - 683mg
    Tahini (sesame seed paste) - 426mg
    Almonds - 248mg
    Flax seeds - 199mg
    White beans - 175mg
    Kale - 135mg
    COW'S MILK - 123MG.

    The government needs to stop allowing the Dairy Farmers of Canada to imply in their ads (by saying "2/3 Canadians aren't getting enough") that the diets of all Canadians are not nutritionally complete without their product - a product which is bad for animals, bad for the environment, and has been proven through several studies to be detrimental to human health as well. WE DON'T BUY IT!

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    10 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    S. S. commented  · 

    @Steven Forth,

    Being vegan doesn't make me feel like I'm living a 100% sustainable lifestyle. That hardly seems possible in today's world. But being vegan does make me feel like I'm living a more sustainable lifestyle than if I ate animal products. Also, I rarely eat tofu/soy products - it is not as much of a necessity in the vegan diet as most people think! I know a couple of vegans who are actually allergic to soy.

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    S. S. commented  · 

    @ Steven Forth,
    Grain/corn crops can certainly be destructive as well.....but the majority of these crops (between 55-75%) are used to feed livestock.

    By reducing the amount of land/funds going towards animal agriculture, we would be reducing the demand for the corn, etc coming from the other, also destructive, crops.

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    S. S. commented  · 

    If even the United Nations are telling us that animal agriculture is playing this huge a part in the destruction of our planet....people just can't make excuses any more, this issue can't be ignored. There is no justification in the government continuing to subsidize these products that have been proven to be playing such a large part in the problems our environment is facing today.

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    The Rediscover Granville program was a big success in 2009, and the City will be looking to continue and build upon this work in future years. More broadly, the draft Greenest City plan will include directions to explore pedestrian-only and pedestrian-priority streets in the downtown core. Potential locations will be identified at a later date (e.g. as part of the transportation plan update).

    http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/currentplanning/granvilleredesign/rediscover/

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