How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

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    3 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Randall commented  · 

    If you like this idea, you may like my other idea that I just posted.
    Making flower/garden bombs that can be used on ugly looking empty lots and cracks in the side walk etc...

    http://vancouver.uservoice.com/forums/56390-gc-2020/suggestions/1002781-flower-garden-bombs

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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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    Randall commented  · 

    What agricultural plots fall with in the boundaries of the Vancouver city limits? I am sure Maple Ridge, Abotsford, and the rest of the Fraser Valley do not fall under Vancouver's bylaws and can not make the changes. T. Lexington is calling for... Correct me if I am wrong...

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    Randall commented  · 

    I don't like cross posting and I usually never do it but some here may like the idea "A Call to Town Hall, Plant Veggies not Flowers"...

    http://vancouver.uservoice.com/forums/56390-gc-2020/suggestions/942923-a-call-to-town-hall-plant-veggies-not-flowers

    This thread is getting to crazy for me, the ideas are not focused.

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    Randall commented  · 

    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
    Archeological Record

    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.

    Cell Types
    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.

    Fermenting Vats
    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.

    Jaws
    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.

    Salivary Glands
    These indicate we could be omnivores. Saliva and urine data vary, depending on diet, not taxonomic group.

    Intestines
    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.

    Conclusion
    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.

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    Randall commented  · 

    Give me a break! We are omnivorous and require animal protein to maintain a balanced natural diet. I eat my greens but my body also requires meat.

    I am an epileptic and researchers suggest that low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets may promote the build-up of ketone compounds – a byproduct of fat metabolism – in the body, which play some part in reducing or completely eliminating seizures.

    That is just my medical situation, imagine the health problems around the globe with your suggestion.

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    Randall commented  · 

    All bicycles need to obey the same rules on the road. In other words, all those who use a road need to follow the same rules.

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Randall commented  · 

    Use flower bombs in empty lots, cracks in the side walk, etc... The idea is to attack disgusting places in the city that the city is unable to touch. Get a flower bomb or two and throw them into an empty lot!

    Flower bombs are also known as Garden Grenades
    Here is a great photo of Garden Grenades that are actually shaped like Grenades.
    http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/03/flower-grenades-for.html

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    9 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Randall commented  · 

    If this goes into play, I am unhooking my speedometer.

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    31 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Randall commented  · 

    At least make everything biodegradable. A few places I know use bags made from some sort of gum and will decompose in your garden or compost. The bags are no different than petroleum (gasoline byproduct) based bags.

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    28 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Randall commented  · 

    James Nedila - what kind of food packaging materials are you talking about? If it's meat, go the the butcher, if it's vegies, don't use a plastic bag and stay away from junk food... it is loaded with more crap way worse than plastic.

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    Randall commented  · 

    I agree, just ban them.

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    Randall commented  · 

    And who would the money go to? Don't tell me the government...

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    Randall commented  · 

    Go windmill... Solar panels need to be manufactured using more toxins than windmills and they have a lifetime of only a few years before they need to be replaced.

    Windmills have a much longer lifetime and do not require as much maintenance.

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    Randall commented  · 

    How about, educate cyclists on sharing the road with motor vehicle drivers? While they are at it, why don't they go as far as requiring licences for cyclists.

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    Randall commented  · 

    K8ie - I see your point... Maybe only approved dogs with a special licence...

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    Transit (and transit fares!) are controlled by TransLink, not the city. Having said that, reducing or eliminating transit fares is an interesting idea.

    Unfortunately it’s not very feasible, at least as TransLink is currently funded. Unlike most North American cities, Vancouver’s transit problems aren’t due to a lack of demand but rather a lack of capacity. Anyone who’s ever tried to squeeze onto one of our busy buses or trains knows this all too well — there isn’t enough space even when people have to pay, let alone accommodate the additional demand that would be created if transit were free. Compare this to cities with fare-free zones, which are typically struggling for increase demand, and which typically have (a) less frequent service and/or (b) plenty of extra capacity to accommodate more riders.

    In Vancouver, we need to provide more transit capacity to meet existing demand — and a LOT more…

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    Randall commented  · 

    I have read reports from studies that have taken place on free transit and what happens is that the downtown core becomes much busier. As a result, the cities economy improves.

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    8 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    3 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Randall commented  · 

    Good idea but it will never happen... all of the food that is classified as waste from an establishment that serves food must be thrown out due to the risks of being sued due to food poising.

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