Arguing that eating eggs from chickens in their backyards is healthier and better for the environment, more US homeowners are winning the legal right to keep chickens on their property.
On the face of it, the environmental argument for keeping egg-laying chickens in an urban or suburban backyard seems kind of sketchy.
It’s true that eggs from backyard chickens don’t have to be transported to market, which saves on fuel. But chicken waste and chicken smells exist wherever chickens live. Question is: is it fair to the neighbors of a household that keeps egg-laying chickens?
In Baltimore that question raised a real ruckus but eventually the city sided with the chicken-keepers.
Whose side are you on?
To learn more about the Baltimore situation, read this article.