WINTER PARK, FLORIDA - CNN story on CHIC Chicken Change!!! 

Sunday, April 22, 2012 4:18:00 PM

Upscale community Winter Park, Florida has organizers for city code change - see the CNN story here!  Their petition is gaining rapidly in support for CHIC Chicken CHANGE!

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-774772

In the latest chicken news tonight....CNN video 

Sunday, April 8, 2012 7:56:00 PM
CNN.com backyard chicken story

Local Governments handing out chickens! 

Friday, March 30, 2012 9:06:00 AM

In some parts of Europe the local government is promoting backyard chickens!

 

Chickens to cut Belgium's waste

Residents of a Belgian town are to be offered chickens as part of a campaign to reduce household waste.

Full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8539877.stm

AND

 

French village Pince to hand out chickens to cut waste

A French village has proposed giving two chickens to each household in order to cut down on organic waste. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17540287

 

A big thanks to Florence for sending us the link for this post!

 

-Toby

SEND IN ALL OUTSTANDING PETITION SHEETS before April 1, 2012 

Thursday, March 22, 2012 10:03:00 AM

We would like to gratefully thank the MANY residents of Brevard County who have signed our petition in the last four months.  We are ESPECIALLY THANKFUL for the many local businesses and newsletters who have either hosted our petitition or sent out links to help us get the word out.  We also appreciate the many ACTIVIST VOLUNTEERS who dropped off petitions and canvassed neighborhoods and workplaces for signatures.....and the numbers KEEP ROLLING IN!!!

We have made a concerted effort to contact people who received petitions, but if there are ANY OUTSTANDING SIGNATURE SHEETS, please contact us by phone or drop the sheets in the mail so that they can be counted before the FIRST OF APRIL, 2012.  By our best guage, we have about 1,500 signatures of Brevard County residents who support backyard chickens and suburban homesteading!!!  We are excited to be carrying this momentum forward towards the realization of code change!!!

PLEASE BE AWARE that anyone who wishes to sign may continue to do so at any time ONLINE at Avid Homestead.  PLEASE CONTINUE to educate people and urge them to sign and make comments and suggestions for POSITIVE CODE CHANGE!!!  THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

 

THE GREEN MARKETPLACE - Cocoa, FL Holly Market this weekend! 

Friday, December 2, 2011 11:32:00 AM

Our family has been invited to participate in THE GREEN MARKETPLACE "Holly Market" this weekend.  We will have a small table set up for people to sign our petition to change Brevard County code to allow backyard chickens on non-agriculturally zoned residential property that is less than 2.5 acres.  We will also have our POSTER CHICKEN "SOLO" available for gentle petting, fascinating watching and "talking" if you speak "chicken".  We will also have a few free posters available from our website.

The Green Marketplace is located at 4880 Coconut Avenue, Cocoa, Florida 32926 just off of 524 (exit 202 off of I-95) after you turn onto Adamson Road

HERE is the link to their DECEMBER newsletter that tells more about the vendors and festivities:    http://mim.io/05d102

Great page from history! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:47:00 PM

As if we didn't have enough reason to promote growing our own food 

Friday, November 11, 2011 9:35:00 PM


From http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45257771/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Like all muscle, these lab-grown strips also need to be exercised so they can grow and strengthen rather than waste away. To do this, Post exploits the muscles' natural tendency to contract and stretches them between Velcro tabs in the Petri dish to provide resistance and help them build up strength.

Supporters of the idea of human-made meat, such as Stellan Welin, a bioethicist at Linkoping University in Sweden, say this is no less appealing than mass-producing livestock in factory farms where growth hormones and antibiotics are commonly used to boost yields and profits.

And conventional meat production is also notoriously inefficient. For every 15 grams (half-ounce) of edible meat, you need to feed the animals around 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of vegetable protein, an increasingly unsustainable equation.

All this means finding new ways of producing meat is essential if we are to feed the enormous and ever-growing demand for it across the world, Welin told Reuters in an interview.

"Of course you could do it by being vegetarian or eating less meat," he said. "But the trends don't seem to be going that way. With cultured meat we can be more conservative — people can still eat meat, but without causing so much damage."

According to the World Health Organization, annual meat production is projected to increase from 218 million metric tons in 1997-1999 to 376 million tons by 2030, and demand from a growing world population is seen rising further beyond that.

"Current livestock meat production is just not sustainable," says Post. "Not from an ecological point of view, and neither from a volume point of view. Right now we are using more than 50 percent of all our agricultural land for livestock.

"It's simple maths. We have to come up with alternatives."

According to a 2006 report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, industrialized agriculture contributes on a "massive scale" to climate change, air pollution, land degradation, energy use, deforestation and biodiversity decline.

The report, titled "Livestock's Long Shadow," said the meat industry contributes about 18 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions, and this proportion is expected to grow as consumers in fast-developing countries such as China and India eat more meat.

Hanna Tuomisto, who conducted a study into the relative environmental impacts of various types of meat, including lamb, pork, beef and cultured meat, said the lab-grown stuff has by far the least impact on the environment.

Her analysis, published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal earlier this year, found that growing our favorite meats in-vitro would use 35 to 60 percent less energy, emit 80 to 95 percent less greenhouse gas and use around 98 percent less land than conventionally produced animal meat.

"We are not saying that we could, or would necessarily want to, replace conventional meat with its cultured counterpart right now," Tuomisto, who led the research at Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, said in a telephone interview.

But she said cultured meat "could be part of the solution to feeding the world's growing population and at the same time cutting emissions and saving both energy and water."

Found on chickenowners.com 

Friday, November 4, 2011 7:21:00 AM

Found this article from CNN Money on chickenowners.com this morning, I never knew Portland, OR was so chicken friendly!

"There's certainly an audience for it. Chickens are all the rage in Portland, where longstanding city regulations allow residents to keep up to three of them — but no roosters — without a permit. Even Mayor Sam Adams has a brood: three hens, all named Alma. (Adams let his chief of staff's daughter, Alma, pick the names.) Hundreds of chicken enthusiasts will turn out on Saturday for Portland's seventh annual Tour de Coops, a self-guided stroll through 25 backyard hen houses, including the mayor's own."

 

Original article is located at http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/23/smallbusiness/urban_chickens/index.htm?cnn=y