My Musing Space: December 2006

My Musing Space

Saturday, December 23, 2006

To battle! For the chicken farmers...!

Picture stolen from the Frey farm website :)

Aha! I got your attention, didn't I?

But I did it for a good cause. It just came to my attention that Ontario chicken farmers are bound by some antiquated, unfair regulations created by the provincial marketing board. Originally these regulations were meant to protect the small farm, but slowly the tables turned and now the marketing board came to actually represent the huge corporate mega-farms. Small businesses are literelly choked off, in spite of the fact that they are the ones who are often committed to organic farming, they are the ones who come up with imaginative new ideas, who can change faster, who can ensure greater variety for the consumer, and follow better the ever changing demands of a free market.

To see for yourself what exactly I am talking about, please, visit Frey's Hatchery, where you can find a petition form that can be circulated if you decide to help.

I found the information on a blog, called the Red Farm Troll. The blog is inactive now. It was created at the end of 2003 and ran until March 2005. During that time it followed (spied on...?) life on a small organic farm. The blog entry on the marketing board problems is called Scrambled or Sunny Side. The main website, Greenfields Farm, has some interesting recipes, too.