Today, there are about 92% of vegetables in Hong Kong come from Mainland China. Yet recent report shows that obtaining food across the broader may no longer be enough to feed Hong Kong. So, what should be the solution?
越來越多的人購買有機蔬菜。根據 香港有機資源中心, 全港有近三分一人口有每星期進食有機蔬菜的習慣，而且有上升趨勢。至今在香港的有機農場超過400個。
More and more people are looking to buy organic and today there are more than 400 organic farms in Hong Kong. According to the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre, one third of the population buys organic food at least once a week and the number is growing.
對很多人來說，食物的出處十分重要。Homegrown Foods負責人Todd Darling說：「為什麼不把本地消費者和生產商連接起來？在香港我們種植了很多很好的食物，偏偏很多人都不知道…香港正面臨著一個問題，農地供應萎縮，然而市民對安全健康的食物的需求不斷增加。我們支持本地有機農業，既是鼓勵農民，同時也是要讓政府知道，這才是我們想要的東西。」
For many people, trusting your food source is the key. “Why not connect local consumers with local producers, for these great products being grown here but a lot of people didn’t know about…Hong Kong is facing a problem that as our agricultural land is shrinking, the demand for clean and save food is growing. By supporting local organic agriculture would really encourage the farmers but also in a way to let the government knows that this is what we want in the community.”, said Todd Darling, owner of Homegrown Foods.
然而，作為全球人口最密雜的城市之一， 寸金尺土，地方又成為香港有機農業要面對的另一個問題。於是衍生出天台農耕。天台農耕不再是一個新概念，即使在香港亦不難找到。林世昌 Osbert Lam, 擁有一家名為“都市農莊”(City Farm）的天台農場，他認為最重要的是人與食物的關係。
But there is a constant fight for the space in Hong Kong. It is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Farmland comes at a premium, so some people found a solution – rooftop farming. Rooftop gardening isn’t a new concept, like City Farm, where they teach people how to grow their own organic vegetables on the rooftop high above the chaos. But for Osbert Lam, organizer of City Farm, the most important part is the relationship between people and food.
“I think this is the most effective way of learning food… In the city, it is very important for the people to have such consciousness about food… if the food quality and supply is not good, then the whole community suffers.” said Osbert.
So, what will be the faith of organic farming in Hong Kong? We will see.
Source: CNN News