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Foreword
s more information being available, consumers have a better understanding about the problems induced by conventional farming. At the same time, people become more conscious about their own health. These trends lead to the popularity of organic products in Hong Kong and worldwide. Hong Kong Organic Living Directory 2008 is published to provide more information to consumers about organic products available in Hong Kong and to local organic operators as a reference. In the Green Living Section, information about alternative therapy, meditation, alternative media and other green living organizations is provided. The information listed in Chapter Two is provided by the organizations themselves. It is not possible for us to check if the products provided are really organic. Hence, all organizations or products that appear in this Directory do not constitute our recognition or recommendation; likewise, organizations or products that do not appear here do not constitute our nonrecognition or non-recommendation.

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This piece of works could not be completed successfully without the support from various friends and organizations. In particular, we would like to thank Ms Chen Yao, year 2 student of the Department of English and Communication of the City University of Hong Kong. She has contributed a lot in data collection. Our thanks also go to Ms Chan Wai Chung and Mr. L. J. Chan for their great work in proofreading and translating the articles. All the authors were busy when they wrote for us. We are grateful to Mr. Au Gi Fu, Mr. Yung Kin Yu and Dr. Simon Chau for their generous support. All organizations have been very patient to complete our questionnaires. Thank you very much. Last but not least, we would like to thank all the organizations that have placed advertisements on this Directory. Without their support, this Directory cannot get printed and distributed to the public and relevant organizations.

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Blessings From All Beings

The WHY
Buying organic is trendy now, for sure. Some buy organic to avoid chemical pesticides and protect themselves. Others buy organic to please their taste buds. Others buy organic to speed up their physical recovery. Others buy organic for humanitarian reasons. Others buy organic out of ecological concerns. Others buy organic to keep up with the Joneses. Others buy organic to show off. All the same, every being on this planet is blessed by such a choice. They thank you and bless you times and again for it.

The WHEN According to economic experts, this is the time to make big money in Hong Kong’s organic market! It is not surprising, therefore, to witness great confusion in our stalls. Not every claim is trustworthy, but this is an inevitable part of the process. The HOW Since 1988, Produce Green has been at the forefront of the local organic movement. We promote a new food production culture which is natural, compassionate, scientific and ecologically ethical. 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 What is “organic”, after all? 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.

This Directory is our humble contribution along this line. Let us love this planet and its creatures.

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

ong Kong has just reached a milestone in organic movement. For the last two decades, many organic farming enthusiasts have been wholeheartedly devoting money, time and efforts, sowing the seeds of change for a greener future. These pioneers insist on chasing their organic dreams and did not even think of giving up when facing severe hardship along the way. Here, let us pay the highest tribute to those pioneers in Hong Kong organic movement. A humble beginning In the late 1980s, Produce Green Foundation set up the first educational organic farm in Hong Kong, she witnesses the unprecedented development of local organic movement in the last two years. In 2001 when the Hong Kong Organic Directory was firstly published, there were just slightly more than 60 organic farms, retailers, wholesalers and other green organizations. It is really encouraging to see that this year the number has grown to more than 160! What's more, according to the statistics of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), there are nearly 100 organic farms in Hong Kong. It shows that organic farming has taken root in Hong Kong. In recent years, there have been a number of environmental catastrophes such as the avian flu and SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, the sandstorms in Northern China, a series of lethal tsunami in peripheral 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, district cooperatives, and the gradual

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increase of farmers' markets and organic shops conveying the message to all the industry participants that demands in organic market are enormous. To review what the government and the industry participants have done so far, one must mention the Hong Kong Association of Organic Farms. It was founded by several local farms in 1994 but then curtailed its operation after a few years because some members had withdrawn and emigrated. Before long, with the financial and manpower supports from Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG), eight local organic farms established the Hong Kong Organic Farming Association in 1999. In October 2000, the SAR government drafted the Protocol for Organic Crop Production to set a standard for organic farming in Hong Kong. In December, the AFCD introduced the Organic Farming Conversion Scheme (it is now replaced by the Organic Farming Support Service) signified that government would involve in the promotion of local organic farming. Besides, it assisted conventional farmers to switch to organic farming and encourage more people to venture into organic agriculture. In December 2002, with funds allocated by the Vegetable Marketing Organization Agricultural Development Fund, a local organic certification organization, Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre (HKORC), was established. Since then, organic movement has been moving to next level.

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Setting new horizons In 2003, the first large-scale urban organic farm - the Community Garden for the Elderly - was set up in Tsuen Wan. It revealed an aspect of diversification in organic movement and the recognition from the local community. Since 2003, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has been constructing community gardens (for organic and non-organic farming) in all 18 districts. In recent years, many schools have set up their own mini-organic farms and integrated the concept of organic farming into their school curriculum. Besides, many housing estates and clubhouses have made use of garden platforms to set up organic gardens for their residents and members to enjoy the fun in organic farming. Recently, many organic farms have gradually introduced a new concept of leisure farming in order to diversify their businesses. Thematic organic farms provide pick-your-own melon or strawberry activities and herbal tea do attract lots of tourists. Since the 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 of organic agriculture indirectly.

Meeting the challenges ahead To many organic consumers, they find confusion with the products labeled as 'pollution free', 'green food', 'natural', 'compost grown', 'wild'or other organic related concepts. To prevent an undesirable state of "Bad organic food drives out good organic food", an effective labelling system for organic food and continuous consumer education have become pressing issues. On the other hand, a lack of farmland and young full-time farmers, escalating production costs and importation of cheap agriculture produce (including organic food) from Mainland China have posed challenges to local organic farmers. Besides, some local thematic farms catering to eco-tourists claimed to be organic, industry participants and consumers have no clue about their real status. All in all, local organic movement is now moving in full speed, we hope all industry participants and organic consumers could keep the momentum going and pave the way for a brand new world.

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What is Organic Farming?
By Produce Green Foundation, Summarized by Winnie Lau

Organic farming is an agricultural operation method.
Organic operators produce, handle and process in a way with strong emphasis on environmental concerns. Their focus is not just the product itself, but the entire process from production to delivery to consumers. The whole procedure should not compromise to the organic integrity. According to the Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods set by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (created by FAO and WHO to develop food standards), “Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It emphasizes the use of management practices in preference to the use of off-farm inputs, 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 system.”

Organic producers would avoid the use of chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides and drugs for animals. They refuse genetically engineered organisms and their derivatives. The food produced accordingly would provide consumers with better confidence on the safety aspect. Organic producers would conserve soil and their environment to enhance long-term productivity while maintaining a harmonious balance between beneficial and harmful organisms. For livestock, organic operators would provide adequate natural feedstuffs and maintain an environment for their innate behavioral needs. On the other hand, it recognizes and protects the social rights of the people involved. An organic farm inhabits more wildlife. Organic farming is a basic constitutive part of the sustainable development of our society.

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10 Reasons to Go Organic?
By Produce Green Foundation, Summarized by Winnie Lau

1. Reduce potential health risk Many chemical pesticides are found to be oncogenic or potentially oncogenic (1). Long-term exposure can increase the risk of ill effects in humans, including developmental and reproductive disorders, immune and endocrine dysfunction and nervous system damages (2). Organic farming avoids the use of artificial pesticides and thus may reduce consumers’ exposure to pesticide residues significantly (3). Moreover; organic farming prohibits the use of genetically engineered organisms and their derivatives. Organic standards also prohibit the use of ionizing radiation to preserve food. Organic produce is a much safer choice consumers can made. 2. Protect Future Generations Infants and children are more vulnerable to pesticide because they consume more food per unit of body weight than adults. Besides, their organs, nervous and immune systems are still developing; they might be more susceptible to pesticide damage. 3. Organic Food Tastes Great Many people prefer organic food because it tastes better. Many top chefs are cooking with organic ingredients primarily because of their fresh, great taste and excellent quality. 4. Organic Products Are Not More Expensive The less expensive conventionally grown foods do not reflect their hidden costs which include: pesticide regulation, cleaning up of contaminated drinking water and environment, medical costs for illness and injure caused by pesticides. Besides, loss of wildlife habitat and other environmental damage will be suffered by the whole society and the cost will have to be paid by taxpayers. 5. Protect the Health of Farm Workers World Health Organization estimates that synthetic pesticides poison three million people each year (4). It results in 20,000 fatalities among agricultural workers while children face even higher risks than adults (5).

6. Help Small Farmers Most organic farms are small independently owned and operated family farms, including those in Hong Kong (more than 100 in number). To purchase locally produce organic vegetable is the strongest encouragement for them. 7. Protect Water Quality Many streams, wells and underground water are contaminated with pesticides (6) and nitrate (7). Fertilizer nitrogen is one of the major sources of nitrate. Nitrate could be converted to nitrite in our bodies and is potentially carcinogenic and may induce "blue baby syndrome". Organic producers use practices that eliminate polluting chemicals and reduce nitrogen leaching, and thus protect and conserve precious water resources. 8. Reduce Soil Erosion Conventional farms are suffering from serious soil erosion. The United States lose more than 2 billion tons of topsoil through erosion each year (8). Organic farmers build their soil by returning organic matter and by planting diverse crops in rotation. Their practice results in less soil erosion and sustainably fertile soil. 9. Promote Biodiversity Organic farming promotes an abundance of species living in balanced and harmonious ecosystems. The Food and Agriculture Organization has found that in ecologically sensitive areas, organic agriculture has demonstrated its ability to not only produce commodities but also to "produce" biodiversity at all levels, it meets food needs while protects the natural heritage (9). 10.Save Energy Organic farming relies upon good cultural practices and recycles organic matter to reduce pest and disease problems and to maintain soil fertility. It avoids the dependence on non-renewable resources to produce chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Researches also found that organic farming has higher energy efficiency (10) (11).

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

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. It is not only just happening in China but also everywhere all over the world. However, nowadays, information technology and commercialism have encroached into almost every aspect of human life. Brief biography of the author Born in wartime Macao, Mr. Au Gi Fu graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University and furthered his studies in Polymer Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He has worked for the renowned industry in Taiwan and headed the Research Department of Nan Ya Plastics Corporation before he gave up his material possessions to lead a life of simplicity. In response to the exacerbating pollution problems in Taiwan, he started the Environmental Protection Workshop on the coast in Hualien in October 1988. The Workshop was renamed Yenliao Pure Land in 1989. Yenliao Pure Land is a place for people to experience a simple, natural, spiritual lifestyle.

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The technological advances have reached a new height and entrepreneurs are constantly looking for new business opportunities. Consumers are enjoying an unprecedented level of material comfort. Yet, we have not become richer - we are much poorer because we have changed the face of the earth at an unprecedented scale and speed. Today the ecological crisis has assumed such proportions as to be the responsibility of everyone. After many years of practice, I believe a simple, natural life can save us from total self-destruction. To prepare ourselves to lead such a life, every one of us needs to care more about other people and living things, motivate ourselves to think positively and follow voluntarily a seemingly inconvenienced lifestyle. Besides, we also need to acquire creative thinking skills and to critically assess the role of modern technology and the direction of economic development. The genuine progress lies in the wellbeing of all living organisms and a harmonious and sustainable community. The ultimate criterion we evaluate whether or not human beings are in progress 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? A: No. Many food items can be grown organically, they include meat, eggs, bee products, mushrooms, dairy products, aquatic products, leather goods, cotton and forest products, etc. Q: Are organic vegetables more tasty? A: Taste is subjective and it is generally affected by personal preference as well as cultural and habitual factors. However, research data do show that organic food contains more minerals, less water, and less interference from artificial and chemical substances. Hence, its taste is richer and more natural. Plant varieties, soil and climate are factors affecting the taste of organic vegetables. It is more reliable to judge the taste by personal experience. Q: Where can I buy organic food? A: With a growing number of organic shops in recent years, consumers have more choices than ever. It is highly recommended to purchase organic food directly from local organic farmers. So, participating in Organic Farmers’ Market is a good option. You can have thorough understanding of organic farming through direct communication with farmers.

Q: Who set the organic standards? A: The Codex Alimentarius Commission of UN has established guidelines for production, processing, labeling and marketing of organically produced foods. Some international organizations, countries and regions have also developed similar guidelines or standards based on the local conditions. Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre is an example of such organization that sets the standards for Hong Kong. Q: Organic farming uses no chemical fertilizers but how about human excrement? A: Standards of Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre do not allow using human excrement. Although human excrement is organic, it may contain virus, bacteria and substances such as heavy metal. Moreover, using human excrement as fertilizers is unacceptable for ordinary consumers. Different certification systems have different standards and there are quite a number of local farms have not joined any certification system. Q: Is “Green Food” the same as organic food? A: No. These two certification systems are different. “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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