Organic Food

Organic farming all the rage

Clockwise from top: Mawin Cheung of  Easy Organic Farming; Chan Siu-lun of  the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; IPC’s Vian Li and Steve Cheung; and Zen Organic’s Ng  Ping-leung (left)  and Joey Ng.

In land-scarce Hong Kong, developers usually figure the solution to most problems is to go up. Now the same idea is taking root among the city's expanding organic gardening community, with vegetable plots on rooftops and even in industrial buildings.

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 11:55am

Dentists reinvent the energy bar

James Costello (far left) and Stephen Costello; . Photo: Warton Li

As a health-conscious vegan, Stephen Costello rarely gets snacks from supermarket shelves.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:19pm

The urban myth of organic food

Photo: NYT

Did you hear the one about the Texan rancher who visits a Hong Kong farm? Having seen the size of the Hong Kong smallholding, he brags to the local farmer that it takes him three days to drive round his land. "Funny, I used to own a car like that," replies the local.

11 Oct 2012 - 9:54am 1 comment

Farmers' market in Quarry Bay

Fresh Organic Green Bean Salad with Tomato Salsa.

The Hong Kong Markets Organisation is launching its own family-day-style farmers' market in Quarry Bay this Sunday. Island East Markets will offer organic food, prepared food, juices and artisanal products. With a focus on fun and education, the market will encourage a direct relationship between producers and consumers in a traditional marketplace environment.

27 Sep 2012 - 9:52am

Promoters defend organic food after Stanford study shows it's no healthier

Promoters of organic produce yesterday defended its worth, after a major American study found little evidence it is much healthier than conventional food.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:28am

Organic expo ready for record turnout

Organisers of one of Asia's largest trade shows dedicated to natural and organic products are bracing themselves for a big influx of mainland buyers following a boom in organic product sales after recent food scares.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

Life's good up on the farm

Most people who choose to go back to the land have to leave the city far behind - but for former independent film producer Chang Wen, becoming a farmer was simply a case of wandering upstairs.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Against odds, city harks back to agrarian roots

Before the British came, much of what is now Hong Kong relied on fishing and famring. While the hilltop and steep hillsides of its 200-plus islands were not suitable for growing crops, there were salt pans, rice fields, some cultivation of vegetables and animal husbandry.

It was enough, at least, to feed what was then a relatively small population.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Ocean Park's ethical offering

Ocean Park has taken a step in the 'green' direction with its new penguin-themed restaurant, Tuxedos. The restaurant, in the new Polar Adventure section of the park, serves a number of low-carbon dishes and aims to raise awareness of climate change.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lifting ban on GM papaya 'a mistake'

Hong Kong is throwing away its chance to enter the growing mainland market for organic produce by allowing farmers to grow genetically modified papaya from today, local farmers warn.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A taste for greener pastures

How far would you go for organic food? Most people don't care about it; others do but aren't willing to pay a premium or go out of their way to get it. Then there's Harry Yuan, who spent a considerable amount of time and money travelling around the world in search of food that is local, sustainable and organic.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Parents go organic

Whether you're looking to reduce your carbon footprint or protect your baby from harmful chemicals, the boom in organic and natural baby products means there is an eco-friendly option for almost every infant's needs.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Raising food safety, an egg at a time

With food-safety scandals seemingly springing up left and right, Chen Yanhong is among those filling a growing demand for quality foods that people can trust. Organic farming has become a fashionable profession these days, and Chen has seen her business burgeon as more and more city-dwellers pursue healthier options.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Cleaning up their act

Natural skincare is becoming increasingly advanced with innovations such as plant stem cells and mineral cosmetology. Photo: Shutterstock

Natural products have caught up with their synthetic cousins, writes Tama Lung.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Reckless refinement gives way to inner fulfilment

Anita Cheung Shuk-kwan is a hyper-health-conscious woman, as one would expect from the founder and director of i-Detox, a holistic health care centre in Central. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Cheung is evangelistic about everyone eating organic produce, incorporating more raw foods in their diet and leading a happy, fulfilling life.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am