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Backyard Chicken-keeping in Toronto

From “Update on Toronto Chicken Law” blog:

There is finally a feeling of optimism among chicken-keepers and chicken-supporters on the issue of legalizing backyard hens in the City of Toronto.

It is important to understand how the process of changing a bylaw works, and thus the chart. Right now the chicken file is in the Policy Development phase. The next step is a written report. Once the report is written, it will go to one of the Committees, likely the Licensing and Standards Committee. The Committee can then recommend, amend or reject the proposal (50% vote in favour is required). Continue reading

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Another Maine town, Blue Hill, passes a local food self-governance ordinance

From Food Freedom blog:

Innocent appearances belie this town's role in the food rights revolution. Saltbox houses cascade down to the water's edge at the harbor at Blue Hill Peninsula. Photo: Maine Office of Tourism

“On Saturday, April 2, Blue Hill became the third town in Maine to adopt the Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance.  The Ordinance was passed at Blue Hill’s town meeting by a near unanimous vote. This comes on the heels of the unanimous passage of the Ordinance in neighboring towns, Sedgwick and Penobscot, on March 5 and March 7, respectively. The Ordinance asserts that towns can determine their own food and farming policies locally, and exempts direct food sales from state and federal license and inspection requirements. Continue reading

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Lunatic farmer Joel Salatin in B.C.

From Randy Shore at the Vancouver Sun:

Farmer Joel Salatin spoke to a Vancouver audience last month. Photo via Vancouver Sun.

While the world reels from global oil shock and rising food prices, the time is ripe to revolutionize the way we produce food and local food systems, according to evangelizing farmer Joel Salatin.

Dubbed the High Priest of the Pasture by the New York Times, Salatin says the notion that local food is the sole province of foodies and the rich is outdated and possibly dangerous to our survival. Continue reading

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Texas doctor walks his talk on health

A Canadian Press story, via Google:

Toward self-sufficiency: Family fills backyard with chickens, vegetable garden

By Jamie Stengle (CP)

PROSPER, Texas — As the weather warms and the brown landscape turns green, Stephanie Weyenberg’s thoughts turn to planting for her family’s early spring garden.

Gardening is more than just a hobby: She and her husband, Matt, grow most of the fruit and vegetables they eat.

They also rely on a half-dozen chickens roaming their backyard, for eggs and to entertain their kids, ages 11, nine and six. The family gets beef, chicken and raw milk from farms. Continue reading

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Foodies are the new environmentalists

Time Magazine on how the foodies have picked up the baton from the largely failed environmental movement:

“…..Even as traditional environmentalism struggles, another movement is rising in its place, aligning consumers, producers, the media and even politicians. It’s the food movement, and if it continues to grow it may be able to create just the sort of political and social transformation that environmentalists have failed to achieve in recent years.

That would mean not only changing the way Americans eat and the way they farm — away from industrialized, cheap calories and toward more organic, small-scale production, with plenty of fruits and vegetables — but also altering the way we work and relate to one another. To its most ardent adherents, the food movement isn’t just about reform — it’s about revolution. Continue reading

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Raine Saunders on why “local” is not necessarily good enough

Here’s a fascinating little story from Raine Saunders, who writes on the Agriculture Society blog:

Picture via Agriculture Society blog.

I’ve already written about food recalls a number of times, but the point about finding sustainable food is one that I find must be revisited often…because there are so many misconceptions going around about why simply avoiding one brand over another is not enough.

And I’ll also tell you why it’s really important to know your farmer and what practices he or she uses to raise the chickens that lay the eggs you are going to eat. Continue reading

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Federal Liberals open debate on food policy to improve health, economics

Excerpts from a Sunday May 2nd editorial in the Toronto Star newspaper:

“….Last week, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff proposed a national food policy with the goal of putting “more homegrown food on Canadian tables because our health and our economy depend on it.”

The four-year initiative would include $80 million to promote farmers’ markets and local food; $50 million to improve food inspections and safety; and $40 million to help 250,000 low-income children access healthy foods.

Given that Ontario alone plans to spend $40 million over the next two years promoting Ontario’s farm products, the spending that Ignatieff proposes is really quite limited. Continue reading

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