Why Choose Organic?
EATING ORGANIC IS SAFER
Today, in order to respond to the demanding needs of an increasing population, the agriculture practices have become unsustainable both for the health of the planet and the health of the consumers. Agriculture often relies on methods that imply the use of pesticides, fertilizers and intensive production. Those techniques are harmful to the soil and especially to our health.
Yet consumers are now more conscious of their health and the demand for safer food has pushed the agriculture production towards more sustainable practices.
There is a growing interest to identify what we eat, how and where it is grown and how many kilometres it travels over.
WHAT IS ORGANIC IN HONG KONG
According to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), organic farming has a recent history. It started in the late ’80s with Produce Green Foundation, which promoted environmentally friendly farming, and continued in the late ’90s with the Hong Kong Organic Farming Association (HOFA, currently known as SEED).
In 2007, there were 22 certified organic farms while in March 2012 they increased up to 98!
These farms are all certified organic by the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre Certification Ltd (HKORC-Cert) that is an independent certification body managed by Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre (HKORC) established in the Hong Kong Baptist University in December 2002. HKORC-Cert promotes a voluntary organic certification scheme and has defined the organic standard for Hong Kong.
The first set of organic production and processing certification standard was completed in 2004. The second and updated standard was released in June 2012.
The Organic Standard of HKORC-Cert has been defined with reference to other international standards such as USDA, EU and JAS and according to the principles of IFOAM.
From 2012, the HKORC-Cert is accredited by IFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.
HIGH ORGANIC STANDARDS
Eat FRESH works closely with local and nearby organic farms to provide you with the finest organic seasonal produce. Our produce comes from farms that are certified organic by the Hong Kong Organic Resource Center Certification Ltd. (HKORC-Cert), which is accredited by IFOAM (International Federation for Organic Agriculture Movements).
Our farms undergo annual as well as ad-hoc throughout the year testing for organic authenticity. The tests are in-depth and include tests for soil and water quality as well as heavy metals. The HKORC obtains these results and uses them for certification procedures.
- There are 3 levels of vegetables (with regards the soil composition and where they are grown) - the highest level has the best soil and our organic farms are included in this
- The HKORC usually disqualifies a farm if it fails to meet the standards
- Our farm in Kunming is double verified (by USDA in addition to local organic certification) and it is run by one of pioneer of organic farming in Hong Kong (see below)