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Share of homegrown produce in UK rose from 2.9% to 5% between 2008 and 2011


Homegrown fruit and veg back on menu as Britons turn to allotments to save money in struggling economy

By Daily Mail Reporter
30 December 2012


Families are increasingly turning to homegrown produce as household budgets are squeezed by Britain’s trouble economy and soaring fruit prices.

The share of all fruit and vegetables consumed in the UK which were grown in allotments or gardens went up from 2.9 per cent to 5 per cent between 2008 and 2011, official statistics show, an increase of nearly 70 per cent.

Eggs from home-reared chickens rose from 3.2 per cent to 5.7 per cent.

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Birmingham, Alabama residents show up to support urban farming ordinance

Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, AL.

A “renegade chicken farmer” admitted to keeping illegal chickens in the city on a mobile tractor coop with wheels

By Emily Lowrey
The Magic City Post
January 09, 2013


The Zoning Committee meeting at City Hall this morning to discuss changes to the city ordinance to make Birmingham friendly toward urban farming brought out a diverse crowd of about three dozen people. From business suits to flannel shirts, ladies wanting to keep urban chickens to a brood of people from Jones Valley Teaching Farm, and 20 somethings to retirees – everyone had the same mission: to get the ordinance passed. The Zoning Committee was in agreement.

With a few minor changes, the ordinance passed and will now go to the Birmingham City Council for a vote and perhaps a few changes of their own.

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