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Urban farming fears: disease, noise, commerce

publication date: Feb 1, 2010
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Food and food production stirs up feelings in people. It is one of the things that I love about being a farmer — we can open up deep wells of feelings and connections for people as we feed them. The downside, though, is that the idea of urban agriculture — of neighbors growing and selling down the block or of chickens in a coop in someone’s back yard — can stir up negative emotions that are hard to respond to. We like healthy food, we like fresh eggs, but as a society we’ve got a lot of emotional baggage that is not so positive around how those eggs and food are produced.

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