24 Jul '11, 9am

Jail Time For Growing Food?

Some may think these are "only in America" stories, but laws and guidelines making some aspects of going green challenging exist in many countries that consider themselves to be developed and progressive nations. Environmental site TreeHugger has covered a couple of stories recently whereby people have been threatened with jail for growing food. In the first instance, a mother of 6 in Michigan faced 93 days in jail after being charged with a misdemeanor - a front yard vegetable garden . A man in British Columbia converted a 2.5 acre "residential" lot from a gravel pit into an organic farm - and has drawn the ire of local authorities for his efforts. I noticed an update on the Michigan story stating the charges had been dropped; but the laws not changed - so whether this was an isolated reprieve from the authorities in face of community backlash regarding the story or not i...

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