How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

Joanne Chang

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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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    Joanne Chang commented  · 

    Steve, unfortunately, more than 80% of all soy and corn products are grown to feed animals. This means eliminating animal products, most people will eliminate majority of the soy and wheat they consume. Eating organic lamb is problematic if people do not significantly reduce the overall amount of meat they eat. The only way organic animal farming could be sustainable is when people eliminate majority of the animal products they eat. So that means eating vegan 6 days a week and then maybe eating your organic lamb once a week. There's simply not enough land on the planet to support an all free range/organic animal agriculture if people don't reduce their meat consumption by a huge percentage. I'm also curious why you would be opposed to their being more vegan options. Should people just eat meat all the time and have no other options? Sounds rather draconian to me.

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    Joanne Chang commented  · 

    It makes sense for the city to encourage the eating of more more plant based foods to effectively curb environmental destruction. Meat production is the #1 cause of greenhouse gas emissions and clear cutting of rainforests. Farming animals uses more water than any other industry, consumes more than 80% of all edible crop and is responsible for majority of the antibiotic use in the world. Cities (being where most of the population come from) are where the demand for meat come from. What we eat in Vancouver has real consequences for the environment. And how personal can our choice of food be when it is harming the planet to the extent that it has? Offering more vegan options certainly does not interfere with anyone's destructive choice to eat meat.

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