Chickens For The White House Garden?

04/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The Atlantic Food Channel

After the warm reception to the new White House kitchen garden, you'd think that the Obamas would be left alone on the locavore front, wouldn't you?

If so, you wouldn't be Bill Niman and Nicolette Hahn Niman, who ask when the White House will get its own flock of chickens:

The idea may sound far fetched, but is it, really? At the dawn of the 20th century, chickens were literally everywhere. Census figures show that 88 percent of farms had chicken flocks. Even in urban areas, there was a chicken for every two people (You can find the full citations for these numbers on page 40 of my book, Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms).

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