Fellows in the News

Those rules were developed with public health in mind and aimed to limit the risks of transmitting animal-borne diseases to people, said Ruth Steiner, a professor of planning at the University of Florida.

Cities need to keep that in mind as they hear from advocates of local agriculture, many of whom are worried about the quality and safety of their food, she said.

"While we would all like to believe that urban farmers can be responsible for ensuring the cleanliness of urban farms, we also have all heard stories about people who take on more than they can handle and accumulate more animals than they can handle," Steiner said.

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