The CBC has picked up the story of urban chickens in the Windsor area today, and it is interesting to see how it has been framed.
They looked at it from a food security point of view, which is less sensational than what we saw two years ago. Times have changed. Many more people have started to think more seriously about where their food comes from. Seeing frequent food recalls and contamination scares made many people want more insight into what goes on behind farm doors. And since those doors are firmly locked from the public's eye, there are ever more people who want to take control over their food supply themselves.
Rather than eschewing eggs completely, many of us want to eat only free range eggs: for their nutritional superiority, as well as the fact that free range hens get to live like nature intended them to.
When you buy eggs in the grocery store, the best you can hope for are eggs from free run chickens.
No eggs sold in our local grocery stores come from hens that go outside or that scratch in the ground.
It is most likely that all of them have been debeaked.
The CBC story picked up the fact that if you don't have a car, you cannot get eggs from free range chickens. This means that low income people have a more limited range of choices when it comes to ethical eating.
While our goal is still to overturn the bylaw that prohibits the raising of poultry in the city, our experience with the collective has shown us that this is another effective way of keeping free range chickens. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, which we will discuss in the next post.
In the meanwhile, if you didn't see the story earlier today, you can read it on the CBC website here.
The video clip is at the 6.40 min mark on the March 22 News at Six: