Bring on the animals! Eugene set to approve relaxed rules for more backyard animals

Eugene is set to approve mini-goats, mini-pigs, rabbits and other animals in the city’s backyards… Legalizing thousands of residents already doing it. Very Noah-esque that only pairs of species can be kept.

This is another example of legislators scrambling to keep up with citizens determined to take more control over the food they eat.

Like so many burgeoning urban food initiatives, these changes have yet to stand the test of time. Pest, odour and disease issues are real if animals aren’t properly penned and cared for. Still, there’s lots of room to move away from sanitized yards and alienation from our food, towards  sensible ways people can get back to growing more of their own food.

 

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About Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver vice-chair and business owner who is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper and a regular contributor to crosscut.com, a Seattle-based online news service. He is the author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way we Feed Cities, published by New Society in November, 2011. For the past two years he has been a Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, was re-elected in 2005 and ran for mayor in 2008. He is a former member of the TransLink Board, and was vice chair of the Metro Vancouver Board. Peter has been the publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989. He has a lifelong interest in growing food. As a city councilor, he worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010. He is vice-chair of the The Natural Step Canada, part of an international organization that advances sustainability in communities and corporations. He has a B.A. from UBC and did graduate work at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. He and his wife Erica have four adult children.
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