The Arlington Urban Agriculture Task Force is committed to promoting sustainability. But would backyard hens truly be a sustainable practice? Consider the following evidence.
Good local agriculture is not only about sustainability, but about promoting healthy and nutritious foods that are easily accessible. The Urban Agriculture Task Force's initiative clearly states that health is one of its primary concerns. So how healthy are backyard hens?
Do you and your neighbors want to be the chicken police? Arlington Egg Project advocates claim that many of these sustainability and health issues are a matter of proper hygiene. But that suggestion, along with the very possibility of proliferating backyard hens, necessitates new forms of regulation and enforcement. Consider these as-yet unanswered questions: