KIRRLiving: Benefits of Urban Farming by Agnes Yeung
From small balconies to rooftop vegetable gardens, school courtyards, gardens and public spaces - There are so many possibilities of urban farming in Hong Kong!
What is so good about urban farming? Here are some of the benefits:
- FOOD QUALITY AND SECURITY
Growing food in the urban area shortens the distance of food transportation and enables us to enjoy the freshest organic vegetables which are not available in the market. Growing food on our own ensures that the vegetables are not contaminated by any chemicals such as pesticides or heavy metal.
- REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS
In Hong Kong, more than 95% of our food is imported. Urban farming shortens the food transport distance, which consequently reduces the amount of fuel consumption on transportation, food storage and packaging. Therefore, growing locally lightens our carbon footprint.
- STABILIZE SUPPLY OF VEGETABLES
In Hong Kong, more than 95% of our food is imported and this is not a healthy ratio. Can you imagine what will happen to Hong Kong if import is affected by trade war or extreme weather? Increasing local food supply can protect our city from the aforementioned crisis.
- RECONNECT WITH NATURE AND EDUCATION
Through the process of growing from seeds, to small plants and to harvest, urbanites will have a chance to get in touch with nature and be reminded of the miracle of life gifted by nature mother. Also learning more about the current food system and the importance of sustainable agriculture.
- IMPROVING BIODIVERSITY
Farms and vegetable gardens play an important role in the environmental and ecology of the city. You will find bees and butterflies being attracted by your crops. This helps maintaining and improving the biodiversity within the city.
Urban farming is beneficial in so many aspects of our daily lives. Start to “Grow Something” with us today!