In a time of progress and change for our nation, it has never been more important to know that you can be self-sustaining and care for your family when needed. News of E.coli and listeria on food and tainted meat in our countries groceries makes for scary times. Being able to, without a doubt, know exactly what is in the food you are eating is becoming increasingly difficult.
Backyard chicken keeping is an answer for many. Backyard chickens allow for fresh, extremely local food production on a small, manageable scale. The reasons cited for banning these animals from within city limits are unfounded. They pose no greater health risk than cats and are not anywhere near the noise disturbance of dogs. Responsible pet ownership makes urban chickens not only efficient food producers, but sensible animals to allow within the city limits of Falmouth, Kent.
5 benefits that backyard chickens can provide: -A progressive community attitude: Falmouth can help lead Kentucky in the Urban Agriculture movement. -Enriching educational opportunities - for children and adults alike. -Sustainable lifestyles choices - promoting healthy citizens, neighborhoods, and soil. -Homegrown food source - the ultimate "Local Food;" decreasing our effects on the environment by consuming products that are grown in our own geographical region, city, or neighborhood. -Lessons in food production and safety - Eggs don't come from cartons!
According to urban-agriculture expert Jennifer Blecha, 65% of major cities allow chicken-keeping (Bennet, J., The New Coop de Ville: The craze for urban poultry farming, Newsweek, 2008). Citizens in our small, agricultural community deserve the right to choose the way they live their lives and the pets they keep.