Pigs in the Backyard or the Barnyard: Removing Zoning Impediments to Urban Agriculture

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 38(2), Article 14, 2011



Urban Agriculture

This article examines the impact of municipal zoning regulations on urban agriculture, and suggests ways that a municipality looking to encourage urban agriculture can use zoning regulations to responsibly promote its practice. The article explains what urban agriculture is and its potential benefits and drawbacks, and examines how outdated zoning codes typically hinder urban farming in a city. It discusses ways in which municipalities have already started to address urban agriculture through their zoning codes, demonstrates that these current efforts are largely inadequate, and proposes a comprehensive method for revising municipal zoning codes to fully realize the benefits of urban agriculture while minimizing potential harms.