Archive for the ‘Food concerns in the news’ Category

Chicago Tonight Covers Urban Agriculture


Chicago Tonight covered urban ag in this fun piece. They focused on goats and touched on bees and (of course!) chickens!

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A blow to urban and suburban agriculture in Michigan


At a special meeting Monday,  the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development removed Right to Farm protection for farm animals raised in neighborhoods with more than 13 homes within 1/8 of a mile of the animals, or with any home within 250 feet of the proposed facility….

The Right to Farm Act was created in 1981 to protect farmers from the complaints of people from the city who moved to the country and then attempted to make it more urban with anti-farming ordinances. These new changes will affect residents of rural Michigan too. Shady Grove Farm in Gwinn, Michigan is on six and a half acres and homes 150 egg-laying hens that provide eggs to a local co-op and a local restaurant. This small Michigan farm also homes sheep for wool and a few turkeys and meat chickens to provide fresh healthy, local poultry.

Read more about this change here and here.

 

The Importance of Quarantine: Great Article


Quarantine is important to any flock of birds, exotic or domestic. This article illustrates the effects of disease in a New Hampshire chicken-keeping community.

For more information on chicken diseases, join me on May 31 for my next chicken health class at the Oak Park Conservatory: http://www.pdop.org/parks-facilities/oak-park-conservatory/

I’ll also be leading a health class in July with Angelic Organics Learning Center.

Michigan Deals a Blow to Small-Scale Farmers


It’s hard to believe a basic right such as the ability to grow you own food and choose what you eat would be taken away by the government, but that’s apparently what has happened in Michigan.

Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week thanks to a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1235774/michigan-loses-right-to-farm-this-week-a-farewell-to-backyard-chickens-and-beekeepers/#i1AK46CdkMJT3hv4.99

Where are we headed next?

 

 

Urban Ag Featured on now.chicago


Earlier this month, Home to Roost participated in an urban ag segment on George Blaise’s now.chicago show on WCIU. Watch the footage here.  Also featured were Emmanuel Pratt of Sweet Water Foundation and Greg Fischer of Wildblossom Winery and Meadery. Pratt focuses on education urban dwellers about agriculture, especially his tilapia programs. Fischer’s locally produced mead (honey wine) provides pollinators and an eco-friendly, local beverage selection.

Thanks to WCIU for the coverage!

Chinese company to buy Smithfield Foods


Another breaking news story: Needing Pork, China Is to Buy a U.S. Supplier