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San Diego residents push for new urban agriculture rules

The right to keep dwarf or miniature goats in your backyard is just one of the changes being promised in San Diego's new urban agriculture ordinance.Photo: robotikaSan Diego resident Adam Hiner is hoping to get his chickens back. Adam and his sister were keeping hens too close to their house (breaking the city's law that requires owners to keep them a full 50 feet from any residence) when a neighbor complained, and he had to give the birds to friends and family. Another resident, Kaya de Barbaro, had to move her chickens around the city after a neighbor complained, eventually …

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Urban eggtivism

How to get your city to allow backyard chickens

Scratchy show: Missoula, Montana fought a battle over backyard chickens, chronicled in this funny New West video (source of still, above). The city later caved in and allowed them.Photo: Anne MedleyWhen I told my roommate that I wanted to get a small flock of backyard chickens, he said OK -- then added, "Of course, we'll have to make sure it's legal." Uh-oh. I was pretty sure it was NOT legal. And he wasn't willing to break the law. We're not alone. Around the country, chickens are gaining popularity as productive pets, and many cities (like Detroit, Iowa City, and Calgary) …

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Super-size salmon

A recap of the FDA's ‘Frankenfish' hearings

Tipping the scales: The transgenic faster-growing AquAdvantage salmon from AquaBounty.AquaBounty photoCorrected Oct. 6 due to an editing error The government recently held three days of meetings about whether to approve the "AquAdvantage" salmon -- genetically engineered (GE) to grow faster thanks to genes from the Chinook salmon and from the eel-like ocean pout -- for human consumption. As I reported here, the FDA special committee charged with evaluating the safety of the fish seemed likely to rubber-stamp the super-size salmon. Well, did they? And what's next? The New York Times first said the "Panel Leans in Favor of Engineered Salmon" …

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Tipping the scales

Why is the FDA about to rubber-stamp GE salmon?

We're about to enter a brave new world in which transgenic, or genetically engineered (GE, as they are more commonly known), food animals may soon be appearing on our plates. An FDA special committee is meeting right now to determine whether a GE fish -- AquAdvantage salmon, genetically engineered by AquaBounty Technologies to reach mature size more quickly, thanks to genes from the Chinook salmon and from the eel-like ocean pout -- is safe for human consumption. The approval process for the GE salmon will set a precedent for all future GE animals; if the FDA does not set the …

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