Chickens ate my garbage

The French village of Pince has come up with an innovative way of responding to the EU Directive to divert domestic waste from going into landfills. They have decided to give a couple of chickens to each household to keep in their backyard, and to feed them on kitchen waste. Householders must promise not to eat or sell the chickens for two years, and have also been given instructions for how to look after them. They reckon each chicken will eat 330 pounds of waste each year. Other villages in France and Belgium have decided to do the same thing.

http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-08-13/three-french-hens

This ingenious solution seems to have a certain resonance for Hong Kongers, doesn’t it? It scarcely needs to be said that we have a problem with waste disposal, and it is way past time to abandon the ridiculous prohibition on keeping backyard chickens. There are plenty of people here on Lantau who would leap at the opportunity of having a couple of chooks. Not only could the chickens eat kitchen waste, but they would provide a ready supply of fresh eggs, which would be a real boon for everyone involved, especially the poorer members of the community. It would be a far more sensible way of disposing of some of the obscene amounts of money that the city has accumulated rather than trying to buy people’s compliance in a system which sucks up to the rich while trashing the planet, with handouts and cuts in energy bills. It wouldn’t solve the waste disposal problem, obviously, but it would certainly help. It’s one way of turning a problem into a solution, and it might inspire others to come up with other small-scale solutions. It’s cheap and simple, with positive outcomes for everyone.

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About transitionsl

I've been an English teacher for the best part of 30 years, teaching in England, Tanzania, Brunei, Australia and Hong Kong. I've always been interested in nature and environmental issues, but it was the discovery of Peak Oil about five years ago that galvanised me into trying to help my local community to prepare for what will be a dramatically different world to the one many of us have been used to. I've been helping to run a transition group, following the guidelines created by Rob Hopkins's Transition Movement in the UK. This blog is an attempt to engage in discussion with a wider group of people in Hong Kong on the ways to transition from our current oil dependency to a state of fossil-free local resilience.
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