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Canada: Backyard chickens are still illegal in London, Ontario

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Brooke Hutton in her backyard with her hens. She would like to see bylaws against backyard chickens relaxed. (Colin Butler/CBC News)

Sometimes you have to break the rules if you believe in a cause, says backyard chicken keeper

By Kate Dubinski
CBC News
Jun 29, 2017

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Backyard chickens became a touchy subject in London, when looking into the possibility of allowing them was dismissed as a silly idea by former Mayor Joe Fontana.

The city has since began developing an urban agriculture strategy, with input from residents, and the issue has come back onto the public agenda.

Urban agriculture means growing, processing, sharing and distributing food – whether berries or beans or chickens – within the city.

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Singapore turns vacant space into urban farms

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Citizen Farm head of farmers Darren Ho inspects an indoor hydroponic growing system at an urban farm in Singapore May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White

“No system will replace imports, we are here to make us more food resilient,” said Ho, adding that it was “up to the community” to decide how self-sufficient it wants to be.

By Fathin Ungk
Reuters
June 29, 2017

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Edible Garden City, a company with a grow-your-own-food message, has designed and built more than 50 food gardens in the tropical city for clients ranging from restaurants and hotels to schools and residences.

One of its projects is Citizen Farm, an 8,000 square meter plot that used to be a prison, converted into an urban farm “where the local community can learn and grow together”, according to the project website.

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