- Written by arounddb
The food choices that we make every day have a profound effect on the environment.
When we eat green, we help the environment by reducing global warming pollution -- and help ourselves by eating fresh and healthy food.
As well as making sure we minimise our own food waste by only buying what we know we will eat, there are a number of other ways we can help save the environment when it comes to food.
Buy Organic and other sustainable certifications
The primary reason to eat organic food is, of course, to avoid ingesting chemicals that can damage health. Organic crops are produced without conventional pesticides, including herbicides, synthetic fertilisers and sewage sludge. They are not contaminated by heavy metals. Thankfully, there are a number of local stores across Lantau, which pride themselves on organic foods.
Farmer’s Kitchen, launched in 2014 by Emma Pike and Katie Campbell, is the first naturally farmed meat company to deliver to both Discovery Bay and Tung Chung. The online store offers high quality, chilled, 100% grass-fed, Australian beef and lamb, and other fine foods. Farmer’s Kitchen aims to educate people on what they are eating and provide the option of naturally-farmed goods over hormone driven goods.
If you’re after products that are free of chemical, pesticides, and synthetic preservatives, check out SpiceBox Organics. This socially-conscious company is Hong Kong's only USDA certified organic store. With over 800 products to choose from, including spices and spiceblends, a wide range of gluten-free products, vegan products, "Tulsi" teas, fresh local vegetables and herbs, superfoods, grains, flours and legumes, cold pressed oils, plus eco-friendly cleaning and body products, and herbal supplements, you can be sure that in SpiceBox Organics, you not only choose to enjoy healthy, organic products, but you also contribute to a sustainable environment.
Buying locally is a great way to help reduce the pollution and energy use associated from transporting, storing and refrigerating international foods.
Dragontail Farm, run by Mui Wo resident Don Latter, offers locally-grown produce which is all organic (pesticide and heavy metal-free). In fact, the farm aims to provide the local community with affordable, organically grown produce with a high nutritional value; to build soil fertility and biodiversity; to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, reduce carbon emissions; and to educate and set an example of how to live more ethically and sustainably.
Organically grown vegetables and herbs from the farm can be bought at the Mui Wo Mini Farmers’ Market, held on Saturdays from 10.30am to 1pm at 13 Rural Committee Road, Mui Wo Old Village.
Read more about Dragontail Farm here
You can grow your own vegetable, free of charge at the recently re-opened DB Family Farm in Siena Park. Sponsored by Hong Kong Resort Company, you can rent a 1-metre by 3-metre plot from April 18 to August 18.
Grandpa’s Garden in Nim Shue Wan also has plots for rent and the staff will look after your plot during the week and provide seedlings when available.
For more ways to grow your own food, click here.
DB Family Farm, 2238 3601
Farmers Kitchen, www.farmerskitchen.com.hk
Grandpa’s Garden, 9137 0640
SpiceBox Organics, www.spiceboxorganics.com
Photos courtesy of Farmer’s Kitchen, SpiceBox Organics, Dragontail Farm and www.sheknows.com