7th Century: Medieval farmers invent the cattle brand. a.
1932: The Underground Cattle Passage is built beneath West 38th Street in New York City to increase the flow to slaughterhouses. b.
1960s: The majority of city slaughterhouses in Manhattan close. Many cities ban backyard hens.
2004: A group in Madison, Wisconsin, forms the Poultry Underground to overturn a ban on domestic birds. The revival is on. c.
2006: Michael Pollan publishes The Omnivore's Dilemma. d.
2007: The New Oxford American Dictionary designates locavore word of the year. e.
2009: Oakland resident Novella Carpenter's Farm City is published. In the next year, sales of chicken feed in the city double. f.
2009: Entrepreneur John Hantz pledges $30 million to a complex of urban farms housed in Detroit's abandoned plots.
2010: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene rescinds a long-standing ban on honeybees.
March 2011: Oakland shuts down Novella Carpenter's farm for selling produce without a permit. g.