State of Georgia Addressing Urban Food Sources


Way to Go, state of Georgia! House Bill 853 would allow families to raise their own food (including chickens, rabbits, goats and gardens) legally in urban areas. This is an impressive response to the pervasive problem of the lack of a HEALTHY food supply in theUSA. Not only do 94 of the 100 largest municipalities in our nation now advocate urban hens (as well as, of course, gardens), the states themselves are beginning to look at the issue from a wider perspective. Smart move!

First Reader Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 1 of Title 2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions relative to agriculture, so as to provide a short title; to preempt certain local ordinances relating to production of agricultural or farm products; to protect the right to grow food crops and raise small animals on private property so long as such crops and animals or the products thereof are used for human consumption by the occupants, gardeners, or raisers and their households and not for commercial purposes; to define a term; to provide for effect on certain local authority and causes of action; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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