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  •  Florida is a great place (1+ / 0-)
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    to think about those issues - mostly because of its watershed.  Unless you are on the coast, what you put in the water stays there, so high density animal operations are almost instant ecological disasters and agriculture is prone to the same problems due to runoff and rainfall.  (We'll ignore the lawn and landscaping contribution.)

    Thinking locally should be adapting as closely to local conditions as possible.  Pastured poultry is a possibility - but you'll have to use heat tolerant breeds.

    The real challenge won't be for the farmers, but for marketing.  I got my first heritage breed chicken in the freezer.  It's barely got a breast on it!   Fine by my family, because we don't eat white meat.  An all dark meat bird is fine by us.

    But how do you sell that to The American Consumer?  I am very much NOT the American consumer.  I don't have a single recipe that uses chicken breasts - but I bet you can find one in almost every issue of any home or food magazine.

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    by Fabian on Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 03:11:04 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, Florida (0+ / 0-)

      has a lot of pitfalls that don't necessarily meet the eye at first glance.

      I don't think my project will involve animals. There may be use for egg-bearing chickens, but seeing as how I want to set up a CSA on campus (we have so much space that isn't being utilized by anything other than grass) I think we'd run into numerous problems wanting chickens :)

      Part of the reason I want to do this is to open students up to the possibilities of vegetarian diets (or at least ones that use the least amount of meat possible). You'd be surprised at how easy it is. The hardest part is getting people to actually do it if your not the one cooking for them. Which a CSA on campus will help ensure that students have access to healthy food at a reasonable price.

      To whom it may concern: I am an American citizen. Not an American consumer. I am a human being, not a variable in the capitalist system.

      by FinchJ on Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 09:24:26 AM PDT

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      •  Eggs are my fave! (0+ / 0-)

        Shelf life - months.  Prep time - minutes.  Waste - compostable.

        For a protein source, that's amazing.  Meat spoils too quickly.  Beans take forever to cook.

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        by Fabian on Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 12:00:09 PM PDT

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