#1 [𝗩𝗲𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗢𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝟭.𝟲% 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗞𝗼𝗻𝗴]
Can you imagine a world without vegetables? What would life be like if the vegetable supply was reduced to 𝟭.𝟲%?
The shortage of vegetable supply has long been an issue in Hong Kong. According to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the majority of vegetables are supplied from mainland China and only a small percentage is imported; locally farmed greens contribute to only 𝟭.𝟲% of the total supply. Any disruption of the supply will cause a vegetable shortage in the market. Take the recent incident as an example, when the import of vegetables from mainland China was affected by the 5th wave of the pandemic in Hong Kong, the city was hit by a vegetable shortage, thus, prices fluctuated considerably.
Through her illustration, artist @kaylaluisikchi hopes to increase awareness on issues such as self-sufficiency in food supply and invites us to give a thought to the development of the agriculture industry in Hong Kong.
#2 [𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗳𝗹𝗮𝘃𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀]
Do you remember the taste of vegetables from the rural area? The New Territories used to be the place where great-tasting vegetables were grown!
Soil directly affects the flavours of the vegetables. However, to improve crop yield, most imported vegetables in Hong Kong are grown with chemical fertilisers, as a result, lack authentic flavours. Luckily, we still have farmers in the New Territories who persist to grow their crops according to season. They’ve been diligently cultivating soil, growing vegetables, and using natural fertilisers according to weather just to ensure their vegetables taste good and authentic.
In his latest comic, 含蓄 Humchuk
illustrated the steadfastness of the farmers in preserving the originality of the vegetables. Let’s not forget to thank them for the great-tasting greens we could enjoy.
If you like the great taste of locally-grown vegetables from the New Territories, remember to spread the word!
#3 [Online group purchase for vegetables]
“C’mon, push harder!” Phew, you were that close to grabbing that veggies for today’s shopping list in that crazy crowd.
When the pandemic disrupted the supply chain, people in Hong Kong were scrambling for vegetables. Fortunately, community shops and organic farms are turning the situation to their advantage. The former would start selling local greens, the latter would put together in-season vegetables to be sold to consumers, it’s a bit like Omakase. Orders would be collected online and sent to a specific spot, customers may subsequently pick up their orders. Such kind of group purchase would not only reduce panic buying but also allow diners to enjoy farm-to-table vegetables.
Through her humorous drawings, @pearlperoni wants to increase the awareness of in-season vegetables being sold in community shops whilst local farming needs support too.
#4 [Beyond Surface Value]
Do not judge by appearance. Ugly produce is worth way beyond its looks!
Ugly produce refers to fruits and vegetables deformed or flawed in appearance. They look less desirable because of bug damage, dull colours, and odd shapes. They are perceived by consumers to be inferior in terms of hygiene, nutritional value, and taste. More often this edible produce ends up in the landfill, causing massive food waste globally.
They worth a second chance. They may be slightly imperfect with spots, scratches, bumps or unevenness…… but as long as the taste and nutrition are not compromised, they shouldn’t be wasted.
Through illustrations, Venus Philosophy
has highlighted the realities of ugly produce in the market. Food waste could be significantly reduced if we can look beyond looks.
#5 [The Unremarkable Soil]
The versatility of soil is often overlooked in our daily lives.
Since ancient time, soil has been an indispensable part of our lives. Crops that we are eating, clothes that we are wearing, and even pottery food containers that we are using are all made from soil. Soil connects human and mother nature – creating pottery and crops as gifts to us.
Artist UUendy Lau
uses illustrations to narrate the relationship between human and soil. Though unremarkable, soil is enriched with memories and stories of human civilisation. In the hands of the right person, wonderful things can be created with soil.
#7 [Growing it Ground Up (Part 1)]
The taste you’ve been longing for is finally back!
Hok Tau Village used to produce delicious bok choy. However, this vegetable no longer tastes like before.
With a group of volunteers, Dr. Anthony Tse started an initiative to bring this beloved vegetable back to dining tables – no efforts were spared in seed and species selection for the sake of originality. Once identified, Dr. Tse & Co started to breed the vegetables to perpetuate its great taste.
Illustrator toballki has documented the revival process of Hok Tau Bok Choy through her drawings to commemorate the noble efforts of Dr. Tse and other volunteering parties.
#8 [Growing it Ground Up (Part 2)]
“They’re the third-generation seed growers, would there be a fourth successor?”
“Seeds are fascinating, the small size belies its lasting impact.” Chan Kwok Wah @Chan kwan Kee Seeds Co.
“To be honest, seed growers are not counting on making a lot of money, but the whole process brings us joy.” – Roy 陳萬合菜種行 Chan Man Hop
Chan Kwok Wah and Roy are the third-generation seed growers, both are concerned about the fading of the agriculture industry. Despite the challenges, they would not compromise on the quality of the seeds, whether for sale or own use. They’ve always believed that the growth of future generations depends on the seeds.
Illustrator toballki reflected the challenges these seed growers’ facing in a light-hearted way. It’s a beautiful story of seed growers doing their bit for the agriculture industry.