Georgia Right to Grow Act

Peking Cochin Bantam HenFive Georgia legislators have introduced the “Georgia Right to Grow Act”, intended to protect the right of Georgians to grow food crops and raise chickens and rabbits for home consumption.

The law would not allow people to use their backyards for commercial agriculture.

Similar bills have been introduced in previous legislative sessions, but didn’t make it far. This bill was prompted by the case of Leigh and Danny Savage, who were raising fifteen chickens in their backyard for fresh eggs.

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) “is opposed to this bill as we believe these types of decisions are best made at the local level, instead of a ‘one type fits all’ piece of legislation,” GMA spokeswoman Amy Henderson told Food Safety News.

However, the current law requires homeowners to have two acres before they can raise livestock, making it difficult for cities to allow homeowners to grow their food. The Right to Grow Act would lift this restriction.

The Right to Grow Act would not interfere with nuisance ordinances. Noisy animals and noxious smells would not be permitted just because of the new legislation.

Allowing people to use their backyards for food production seems like a no-brainer.  What are your thoughts on small livestock in the suburbs?

The Georgia Right to Grow Act is very short and available online.

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