Sunday, January 18, 2009
I wrote about keeping pigs in the city (temporarily) a while back.
Tonight I found something amazing: in Tokyo, there are people producing pigs for restaurants. They aren't research labs keeping pigs; it is an actual working farm. Additionally, they are being raised in one of Tokyo's richest neighborhoods. You can read more here.
In most places, it is illegal to keep pigs and other livestock in a city, so Tokyo is surprisingly tolerant. I can't imagine they slaughter them in the city too - that would be messy.
In the USA, I think it will start with individuals who decide to do it their way, secretly. That's what happened with the Greywater Guerrillas. There was a neat New York Times article about these people who process their own wasterwater, illegally. It started in the Bay Area, part of America filled with innovators.
If anyone knows about underground urban pig farmers who produce meat, please let me know. The people who illegally keep pet pigs don't count - I'm looking for people who have decided to move on from urban gardening to urban livestock.
Posted by Heath Putnam at 10:27 PM