Category Archives: Urban Life

Response to the Post’s editorial

We still have a few more hours to protest the proposal to destroy the heart of Chatfield State Park to the US Army Corps of Engineers. Comments are due by midnight September 3 (that’s today). Send an e-mail to chatfieldstudy@usace.army.mil. … Continue reading

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Why Does Whole Foods Sell Meat?

(Hint: It has something to do with the economic system) James McWilliams recently (September 4) wrote an open letter to Whole Foods asking them to close their meat counters.  This is noteworthy because John Mackey, their CEO, is himself a … Continue reading

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Passive House Politics Getting Complicated

The “passive house” concept is taking off.  This is a new way of building homes that reduces the energy required for their maintenance by an amazing 90% from the standard construction.  This way of constructing buildings is essential if we … Continue reading

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Does Digitization Decrease Empathy?

James McWilliams recently asked whether the digitization of communications decreases empathy, and thus potentially our empathy with other humans and animals.  He talks about e-mail between students and professors, “butchered” grammar in e-mail being used to substitute for the student … Continue reading

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Rules and Regulations Governing Food Producing Animals

The ordinance on “food producing animals” (chickens, ducks, and goats) in Denver was passed last June.  What follows below is the statement I submitted to the Board of Environmental Health on the proposed rules and regulations.  You can read the … Continue reading

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Akers, the Chicken

In case you don’t already know, the Denver “Food Producing Animals” ordinance passed at the Denver City Council on June 20 by a vote of 7 – 3. This is actually closer than it sounds, because there are 13 members … Continue reading

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My Concerns About Backyard Livestock

(Statement at Denver City Council’s Public Hearing about the “Food Producing Animals” ordinance) My name is Keith Akers and I live in District 4. I urge a vote against the proposed food producing animals ordinance unless substantial concerns are addressed.

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HSUS Letter to Denver City Council on the FPA Ordinance

I have just received a PDF copy of a letter the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) sent to Denver City Council concerning the proposed Food Producing Animals ordinance.  Read the whole thing (PDF document) here. The letter raises … Continue reading

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Denver City Council Hearing June 13 — your input needed / Protecting Backyard Chickens, Ducks, and Goats

The main issue which both sides on the debate over the proposed Denver Food Producing Animals ordinance underestimate is the welfare issue. Simply put, how do we protect backyard chickens, ducks, and goats?

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Vegans Marching for Climate Change Action

We joined the “iMatter” youth-led march for climate change action yesterday, shortly after it left Cuernavaca Park in Denver. There were several hundred people who marched up 15th Street to Civic Center Park. We had our “Go Vegan” signs, and … Continue reading

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