by Sarah Tipton
Atop the 150-meter-high Bank of America Tower in Hong Kong is a sprawling garden where carrots, rhubarb and radishes thrive! It is a welcome oasis between steel and glass in the heart of the city’s financial district.
One of the founders of the tower’s upper garden says this is just one simple way to help people reconnect with nature and become more self-sustaining. Rooftop farms help people who want to thrive in the current “instant noodle city lifestyle” that sees a lot of waste, says co-founder Andrew Tsui.
“What we’re really looking at is how to identify underutilized spaces between the city and mobilize citizens and people to learn about food,” said the 43-year-old. Associated Free Press While inspecting the skyscraper park site. Tsui believes that Hong Kong residents need to re-establish a relationship with what they eat that has broken down “since we started outsourcing our food and relying so much on industrial production”.
This probably applies to a large part of the planet. Many have lost the desire to even attempt to reconnect with the planet and cultivate a more self-reliant and organic lifestyle. Although Hong Kong is packed with people, they find space and ways to grow nutritious foods.
Many find the trend towards a more local food source and use of our diet as medicine difficult. But people interested in a more normal lifestyle are no longer few and far between. Cui said about seven million square meters of arable area Currently planted. But more than six million square meters on the city’s rooftops remain unused. “So we can double the supply of land to grow food,” he said.
“Our challenge is to design urban agriculture as a lifestyle to integrate into our daily lives,” he added. “And the first step to that, of course, is to be affordable.”
Others have tried similar ideas to this. You can grow food just about anywhere, as long as you have the desire to try. People all over the world have realized the importance of eating healthy and keeping the body working in good shape. The constant bombardment of novel coronavirus variants and the people who are afraid of them has made many of us realize how important what we put into our bodies is always.
Although Tsui realizes that few young people in Hong Kong are currently interested in learning how to grow food, he said young people are often interested in the environment and climate change, so the opportunity to generate enthusiasm is there to take advantage of it. “If programming is the must-learn skill for the 21st century, growing your own food is a necessary new skill that we all need to learn to ensure a green, renewable planet,” he said.
There is always a way to grow your own food, you just have to find it!