How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

T. Lexington

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    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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    As was mentioned before: if the municipal government has the power to encourage people to eat healthier, or local food, etc, then they have the power to encourage fewer animal products. And if the UN, among several other groups of experts are saying that animal agriculture is one of the top causes of environmental damage today, and Vancouver really is trying to be the greenest city by 2010...then yeah, it makes sense for the City to make some sort of an effort in this department.

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    Vancouver ought to be encouraging vegan food choices and trying to make it easier for people to make these choices in the same way they've been helping to encourage the local food movement.

    While it is important to eat local when possible, according to the David Suzuki Foundation website, "the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated that livestock are responsible for a larger share (18%) of greenhouse gases than the world's transportation sector (14%)". This being the case, it seems appropriate to encourage veg. options over meat/dairy ones - no matter where the meat comes from.

    Some other facts from here: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/eat-for-a-healthy-planet/eat-for-a-healthy-planet/

    -It is estimated that livestock production accounts for 70 per cent of all agricultural land and 26 per cent of the land surface of the planet.

    -The growing of livestock and other animals for food is also an extremely inefficient process. For example, it takes approximately five to seven kilograms of grain to produce one kilogram of beef. Each of those kilograms of grain takes considerable energy to produce, process, and transport.

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    Bad agricultural practices on the part of farms producing vegan foods (such as corn and soy) are no excuse for continuing to support farms that produce non-vegan foods such as meat or dairy. Yes, vegan diets aren't perfect - there's always going to be one way or another that we are having a detrimental effect on the planet, there will always be more that we can do. But, as the United Nations has said, of all categories of agriculture, animal agriculture is having the worst effects on the planet. So if you want to eat local meat instead of going vegan, that's your choice - but don't tell yourself that it's the best choice for the planet.

    The UN's report explaining the science behind this can be found through here: http://www.greenmuze.com/nurture/meat/2731-un-urges-vegan-diet-.html

    And I agree with Steven Forth and S.S. too - say no to extensive monoculture! A diversity of things growing on a piece of land is often a sign of health - let's keep the land healthy!

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    Drive More, you're either just trying to get a rise out of people....or you haven't done much reading!

    For any of you doubting the nutritional sensibility of veganism, I suggest you check out the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine website - http://www.pcrm.org/ - for some real information from real doctors. Also a book called "Becoming Vegan" by Brenda Davis & Vesanto Melina answers pretty much any question you might have about nutrition and vegan diets (available at the VPL), and Melina's website is here: http://www.nutrispeak.com/becomingveganvfg.htm

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    VEGAN TRUMPS LOCAL - "A meat-eater driving a Prius contributes more to climate change than a vegan driving a Hummer."

    Check this out for a variety of links to sources that explain why:
    http://www.vegansoapbox.com/locavore-vs-vegan/

    Now that THAT argument is out of the way, why not check out some great vegan cookbooks from the library or the bookstore (both Dreena Burton and Sarah Kramer are best-selling vegan cookbook authors from BC!), or find a place to go for dinner tonight off of here: http://www.earthsave.ca/files/vegdirectory2007.pdf

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