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PRODUCE GREEN FOUNDATION


Produce Green Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, established in 1988 by a group of local
enthusiasts concerned about modern farming and the environment. It set up the Hong Kong’s first
organic farm at Hok Tau, Fanling. Green lifestyles have been promoted to the public through the concept
of organic farming for 20 years. Books, periodicals and pamphlets on gardening, food and green living
were published. The farm is open to visitors everyday and fresh organic vegetables are sold. There are
some other commercial organizations with similar names as the Foundation. Please contact us for any
inquiries about our work.

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Hong Kong Organic Living Directory 2008

=Editors
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=Contents
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=Foreword ................................................................................................................................................... 2

1.  !=Knowing Organic
1.1  !"#$%&'=Blessings From All Beings ................................................................................... 4
1.2  !"#=Hong Kong Organic Movement ....................................................................................... 6
1.3  !"#$%=What is Organic Farming? ......................................................................................... 10
1.4  !" NM  =10 Reasons to go Organic? .................................................................................. 12
1.5  !""#$%&'(=Simple Living Can Save Us All! ................................................................... 14
1.6  !"=Everyday Organic Q & A ....................................................................................................... 16
1.7  !=Reference .................................................................................................................................. 18

2.  !!"=Local Organic Organizations


2.1 =Farms ................................................................................................................................................. 20
2.2  =Retailers ......................................................................................................................................... 31
2.3  L =Restaurants / Cafés ................................................................................................................. 54
2.4  =Wholesalers ................................................................................................................................... 55
2.5  L  =Exporters / Importers ............................................................................................................. 64
2.6  L  L  =Manufacturers / Processors/ Agents .................................................................... 66
2.7  !"#$%&'(=Resource Groups ............................................................................................. 69
2.8  !=Other Services ........................................................................................................................... 72

3.  !"#$%=Local Green Living Organizations


3.1  L  !=Homeopathy / Naturopathy ........................................................................................... 76
3.2  !"#$=Chiropractic .................................................................................................................... 77
3.3  !=Aromatherapy ........................................................................................................................... 78
3.4  !"#=Other Alternative Medicine ............................................................................................. 80
3.5  L =Massage / Spa ......................................................................................................................... 80
3.6  L =Meditation .............................................................................................................................. 81
3.7  L =Tai Chi / Qigong ...................................................................................................................... 81
3.8  L  !" L  L =Alternative / Green publications / Music / Art ...................................... 82
3.9  ! L  !=Other Alternative / Green Services ........................................................................ 82

4. =Index
4.1  !"#=Chinese Names of Organizations ..................................................................................... 84
4.2  !"#=English Names of Organizations ...................................................................................... 88

5. =Appendices
5.1  !"#$%&$'=Common Organic Certifiers in Hong Kong .................................................. 92
5.2  !"#=Local Organic Publications ............................................................................................... 94
5.3  !"#=Organic Websites ............................................................................................................... 98

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A s more information being available, consumers This piece of works could not be completed
have a better understanding about the problems successfully without the support from various friends
induced by conventional farming. At the same time, and organizations. In particular, we would like to
people become more conscious about their own thank Ms Chen Yao, year 2 student of the Department
health. These trends lead to the popularity of organic of English and Communication of the City University
products in Hong Kong and worldwide. Hong Kong of Hong Kong. She has contributed a lot in data
Organic Living Directory 2008 is published to provide collection. Our thanks also go to Ms Chan Wai Chung
more information to consumers about organic and Mr. L. J. Chan for their great work in proofreading
products available in Hong Kong and to local organic and translating the articles. All the authors were busy
operators as a reference. In the Green Living Section, when they wrote for us. We are grateful to Mr. Au
information about alternative therapy, meditation, Gi Fu, Mr. Yung Kin Yu and Dr. Simon Chau for their
alternative media and other green living organizations generous support. All organizations have been very
is provided. patient to complete our questionnaires. Thank you
very much. Last but not least, we would like to thank
The information listed in Chapter Two is provided by all the organizations that have placed advertisements
the organizations themselves. It is not possible for on this Directory. Without their support, this Directory
us to check if the products provided are really organic. cannot get printed and distributed to the public and
Hence, all organizations or products that appear in relevant organizations.
this Directory do not constitute our recognition or
recommendation; likewise, organizations or products
that do not appear here do not constitute our non-
recognition or non-recommendation.

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Blessings From All Beings

The WHY The WHEN


Buying organic is trendy now, for sure. According to economic experts, this is the time to
Some buy organic to avoid chemical pesticides and make big money in Hong Kong’s organic market! It
protect themselves. is not surprising, therefore, to witness great confusion
Others buy organic to please their taste buds. in our stalls. Not every claim is trustworthy, but this
Others buy organic to speed up their physical recovery. is an inevitable part of the process.
Others buy organic for humanitarian reasons.
Others buy organic out of ecological concerns. The HOW
Others buy organic to keep up with the Joneses. Since 1988, Produce Green has been at the forefront
Others buy organic to show off. of the local organic movement. We promote a new
All the same, every being on this planet is blessed by food production culture which is natural,
such a choice. compassionate, scientific and ecologically ethical.
They thank you and bless you times and again for it.
In the beginning, we were dismissed as a bunch of
dreamers.

As the saying goes: First they ignore you, then they


argue with you. Finally, they take you for granted.

Today, organic products are widely available in our


midst. It is a tough scene for producers, retailers and
consumers alike. A lot more remains to be done,
and fellow green activists are sparing no effort. We
at the Produce Green Foundation are convinced that
the struggle is worth it, because it is our collective
future survival that is at stake.

The WHAT This Directory is our humble contribution along this


What is “organic”, after all? line. Let us love this planet and its creatures.
Even keen supporters for the movement are often
not quite sure.
Farmers, shop owners, shoppers, campaigners and
scholars have their own ideas. We have yet to arrive
at a consensus.

Simon S. C. Chau
Chair, Produce Green Foundation

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Hong Kong Organic Movement
By Yung Kin Yu (Tutor, The Community Garden for the Elderly), Translated by L. J. Chan

H ong Kong has just reached a milestone in organic increase of farmers' markets and organic shops
movement. For the last two decades, many organic conveying the message to all the industry participants
farming enthusiasts have been wholeheartedly that demands in organic market are enormous.
devoting money, time and efforts, sowing the seeds
of change for a greener future. These pioneers insist To review what the government and the industry
on chasing their organic dreams and did not even participants have done so far, one must mention the
think of giving up when facing severe hardship along Hong Kong Association of Organic Farms. It was
the way. Here, let us pay the highest tribute to those founded by several local farms in 1994 but then
pioneers in Hong Kong organic movement. curtailed its operation after a few years because some
members had withdrawn and emigrated. Before long,
A humble beginning with the financial and manpower supports from
In the late 1980s, Produce Green Foundation set up Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG), eight local
the first educational organic farm in Hong Kong, she organic farms established the Hong Kong Organic
witnesses the unprecedented development of local Farming Association in 1999. In October 2000, the
organic movement in the last two years. In 2001 when SAR government drafted the Protocol for Organic
the Hong Kong Organic Directory was firstly Crop Production to set a standard for organic farming
published, there were just slightly more than 60 in Hong Kong. In December, the AFCD introduced
organic farms, retailers, wholesalers and other green the Organic Farming Conversion Scheme (it is now
organizations. It is really encouraging to see that this replaced by the Organic Farming Support Service)
year the number has grown to more than 160! What's signified that government would involve in the
more, according to the statistics of the Agriculture, promotion of local organic farming. Besides, it assisted
Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), there conventional farmers to switch to organic farming
are nearly 100 organic farms in Hong Kong. It shows and encourage more people to venture into organic
that organic farming has taken root in Hong Kong. agriculture. In December 2002, with funds allocated
by the Vegetable Marketing Organization Agricultural
In recent years, there have been a number of Development Fund, a local organic certification
environmental catastrophes such as the avian flu and organization, Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre
SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, the sandstorms in (HKORC), was established. Since then, organic
Northern China, a series of lethal tsunami in peripheral movement has been moving to next level.
countries, the hurricane in the United States, the
change of landscape in Greenland and the issues
related to global warming which awaken most of us.
These incidents help to propel the organic movement.

Organic seeds are growing gradually


The seeds sown by the organic farming pioneers
yesterday are growing gradually. Today, one can
find special counters selling organic vegetables
in local supermarkets and also there are a
growing number of shops selling organic
products. Besides, direct selling system,
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Setting new horizons Meeting the challenges ahead


In 2003, the first large-scale urban organic farm - the To many organic consumers, they find confusion with
Community Garden for the Elderly - was set up in the products labeled as 'pollution free', 'green food',
Tsuen Wan. It revealed an aspect of diversification in 'natural', 'compost grown', 'wild'or other organic
organic movement and the recognition from the local related concepts. To prevent an undesirable state of
community. Since 2003, the Leisure and Cultural "Bad organic food drives out good organic food",
Services Department (LCSD) has been constructing an effective labelling system for organic food and
community gardens (for organic and non-organic continuous consumer education have become
farming) in all 18 districts. In recent years, many pressing issues. On the other hand, a lack of farmland
schools have set up their own mini-organic farms and and young full-time farmers, escalating production
integrated the concept of organic farming into their costs and importation of cheap agriculture produce
school curriculum. Besides, many housing estates and (including organic food) from Mainland China have
clubhouses have made use of garden platforms to posed challenges to local organic farmers. Besides,
set up organic gardens for their residents and some local thematic farms catering to eco-tourists
members to enjoy the fun in organic farming. claimed to be organic, industry participants and
consumers have no clue about their real status.
Recently, many organic farms have gradually
introduced a new concept of leisure farming in order All in all, local organic movement is now moving in
to diversify their businesses. Thematic organic farms full speed, we hope all industry participants and
provide pick-your-own melon or strawberry activities organic consumers could keep the momentum going
and herbal tea do attract lots of tourists. Since the and pave the way for a brand new world. 
relationship between organic farming and ecological
system is indivisible, it helps the development of local
organic tourism. Moreover, the idea of green lifestyle
has also been extended to other aspects such as
organic restaurants, organic recipe, organic
gardening, organic skincare, horticultural therapy and
etc., it helps to accelerate the development
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What is Organic Farming?
By Produce Green Foundation, Summarized by Winnie Lau

Organic farming is an agricultural operation method. Organic producers would avoid the use of chemical
Organic operators produce, handle and process in a fertilizers, chemical pesticides and drugs for animals.
way with strong emphasis on environmental They refuse genetically engineered organisms and
concerns. Their focus is not just the product itself, their derivatives. The food produced accordingly
but the entire process from production to delivery to would provide consumers with better confidence on
consumers. The whole procedure should not the safety aspect. Organic producers would conserve
compromise to the organic integrity. soil and their environment to enhance long-term
productivity while maintaining a harmonious balance
According to the Guidelines for the Production, between beneficial and harmful organisms. For
Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically livestock, organic operators would provide adequate
Produced Foods set by the Codex Alimentarius natural feedstuffs and maintain an environment for
Commission (created by FAO and WHO to develop their innate behavioral needs. On the other hand, it
food standards), “Organic agriculture is a holistic recognizes and protects the social rights of the people
production management system which promotes and involved.
enhances agro-ecosystem health, including
biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological An organic farm inhabits more wildlife. Organic
activity. It emphasizes the use of management farming is a basic constitutive part of the sustainable
practices in preference to the use of off-farm inputs, development of our society. 
taking into account that regional conditions require
locally adapted systems. This is accomplished by
using, where possible, cultural, biological and
mechanical methods, as opposed to using synthetic
materials, to fulfill any specific function within the
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10 Reasons to Go Organic?
By Produce Green Foundation, Summarized by Winnie Lau

1. Reduce potential health risk 6. Help Small Farmers


Many chemical pesticides are found to be Most organic farms are small independently owned
oncogenic or potentially oncogenic (1). Long-term and operated family farms, including those in Hong
exposure can increase the risk of ill effects in Kong (more than 100 in number). To purchase
humans, including developmental and reproductive locally produce organic vegetable is the strongest
disorders, immune and endocrine dysfunction and encouragement for them.
nervous system damages (2). Organic farming avoids
the use of artificial pesticides and thus may reduce 7. Protect Water Quality
consumers’ exposure to pesticide residues Many streams, wells and underground water are
significantly (3). Moreover; organic farming prohibits contaminated with pesticides (6) and nitrate (7).
the use of genetically engineered organisms and Fertilizer nitrogen is one of the major sources of
their derivatives. Organic standards also prohibit nitrate. Nitrate could be converted to nitrite in
the use of ionizing radiation to preserve food. our bodies and is potentially carcinogenic and may
Organic produce is a much safer choice consumers induce "blue baby syndrome". Organic producers
can made. use practices that eliminate polluting chemicals and
reduce nitrogen leaching, and thus protect and
2. Protect Future Generations conserve precious water resources.
Infants and children are more vulnerable to
pesticide because they consume more food per unit 8. Reduce Soil Erosion
of body weight than adults. Besides, their organs, Conventional farms are suffering from serious soil
nervous and immune systems are still developing; erosion. The United States lose more than 2 billion
they might be more susceptible to pesticide tons of topsoil through erosion each year (8).
damage. Organic farmers build their soil by returning organic
matter and by planting diverse crops in rotation.
3. Organic Food Tastes Great Their practice results in less soil erosion and
Many people prefer organic food because it tastes sustainably fertile soil.
better. Many top chefs are cooking with organic
ingredients primarily because of their fresh, great 9. Promote Biodiversity
taste and excellent quality. Organic farming promotes an abundance of
species living in balanced and harmonious
4. Organic Products Are Not More Expensive ecosystems. The Food and Agriculture Organization
The less expensive conventionally grown foods do has found that in ecologically sensitive areas,
not reflect their hidden costs which include: pesticide organic agriculture has demonstrated its ability to
regulation, cleaning up of contaminated drinking not only produce commodities but also to
water and environment, medical costs for illness and "produce" biodiversity at all levels, it meets food
injure caused by pesticides. Besides, loss of wild- needs while protects the natural heritage (9).
life habitat and other environmental damage will
be suffered by the whole society and the cost will 10.Save Energy
have to be paid by taxpayers. Organic farming relies upon good cultural practices
and recycles organic matter to reduce pest and
5. Protect the Health of Farm Workers disease problems and to maintain soil fertility. It
World Health Organization estimates that avoids the dependence on non-renewable
synthetic pesticides poison three million people resources to produce chemical pesticides and
each year (4). It results in 20,000 fatalities among fertilizers. Researches also found that organic
agricultural workers while children face even farming has higher energy efficiency (10) (11). 
higher risks than adults (5).

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Simple Living Can Save Us All!
By Au Gi Fu, Translated by L. J. Chan, Photo by On Lai Ping

I n our modern society, most people just go with the


flow, work and play hard, and pursue a life of material
comfort. Very few of us will pause and reflect on what
our purpose in life is and what kind of life we want
to lead.

Consumerism and hedonism, the two characteristic


trends of our time, provide us with short-term
gratification rather than long-term human fulfillment.
The truth is people are happy not because they own
a lot, but because they only need a little.

25 years ago I stepped away from the crowd and


began to lead a simple life. I found freedom,
happiness and peace in plain living and I welcome all
of you to join me.

A simple and natural life is not something new. People


have been preaching and practising it for a long time. The technological advances have reached a new
It is not only just happening in China but also height and entrepreneurs are constantly looking for
everywhere all over the world. However, nowadays, new business opportunities. Consumers are enjoying
information technology and commercialism have an unprecedented level of material comfort. Yet, we
encroached into almost every aspect of human life. have not become richer - we are much poorer because
we have changed the face of the earth at an
Brief biography of the author unprecedented scale and speed. Today the ecological
Born in wartime Macao, Mr. Au Gi Fu crisis has assumed such proportions as to be the
graduated from the Department of Chemical responsibility of everyone.
Engineering, National Taiwan University and
furthered his studies in Polymer Chemistry After many years of practice, I believe a simple, natural
at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology life can save us from total self-destruction. To prepare
(ETH). He has worked for the renowned ourselves to lead such a life, every one of us needs to
industry in Taiwan and headed the Research care more about other people and living things,
Department of Nan Ya Plastics Corporation motivate ourselves to think positively and follow
before he gave up his material possessions voluntarily a seemingly inconvenienced lifestyle.
to lead a life of simplicity. In response to the Besides, we also need to acquire creative thinking
exacerbating pollution problems in Taiwan, skills and to critically assess the role of modern
he started the Environmental Protection technology and the direction of economic
Workshop on the coast in Hualien in October development. The genuine progress lies in the well-
1988. The Workshop was renamed Yenliao being of all living organisms and a harmonious and
Pure Land in 1989. Yenliao Pure Land is a sustainable community. The ultimate criterion we
place for people to experience a simple, evaluate whether or not human beings are in progress
natural, spiritual lifestyle. are simple, that is, whether there is love between
different forms of life. Love is all we need. 

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Everyday Organic Q & A
Researched by Allen Au, Translated by Monika Yeung

Q: Is organic food only limited to fruit and vegetable? Q: Who set the organic standards?
A: No. Many food items can be grown organically, A: The Codex Alimentarius Commission of UN has
they include meat, eggs, bee products, established guidelines for production, processing,
mushrooms, dairy products, aquatic products, labeling and marketing of organically produced
leather goods, cotton and forest products, etc. foods. Some international organizations, countries
and regions have also developed similar guidelines
Q: Are organic vegetables more tasty? or standards based on the local conditions. Hong
A: Taste is subjective and it is generally affected by Kong Organic Resource Centre is an example of such
personal preference as well as cultural and habitual organization that sets the standards for Hong Kong.
factors. However, research data do show that
organic food contains more minerals, less water, Q: Organic farming uses no chemical fertilizers but
and less interference from artificial and chemical how about human excrement?
substances. Hence, its taste is richer and more A: Standards of Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre
natural. Plant varieties, soil and climate are factors do not allow using human excrement. Although
affecting the taste of organic vegetables. It is more human excrement is organic, it may contain virus,
reliable to judge the taste by personal experience. bacteria and substances such as heavy metal.
Moreover, using human excrement as fertilizers is
Q: Where can I buy organic food? unacceptable for ordinary consumers. Different
A: With a growing number of organic shops in recent certification systems have different standards and
years, consumers have more choices than ever. It is there are quite a number of local farms have not
highly recommended to purchase organic food joined any certification system.
directly from local organic farmers. So, participating
in Organic Farmers’ Market is a good option. You Q: Is “Green Food” the same as organic food?
can have thorough understanding of organic A: No. These two certification systems are different.
farming through direct communication with farmers. “Green Food” is a unique registration trademark
in China. It is certified and managed by China Green
Food Development Center. There are two grades:
Grade A and Grade AA. The former allows the use
of low-toxic chemical pesticide, which is not organic
food. The latter is very similar to organic standards.

Q: Can I grow organic plants at home?


A: Yes. Rooftop and windowsill are ideal places for
planting. You are recommended to choose plants
that are small in size and can be grown under
limited sunshine.

Information Sources:
1. Website of Hong Kong Organic
Resource Centre
2. Website of Food and Environmental
Hygiene Department
3. Website of Produce Green Foundation
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