While food safety issues in China repeatedly hit the headlines, the Hong Kong government claims pork contaminated with African Swine Fever safe to consume; several years ago, the government lifted pesticides regulations to make way for crops imported from China; in May this year, the government signed a framework agreement with the Chinese government for an integration of food safety standard with that of the Greater Bay Area. Do Hongkongers trust the so-called regional division of labour and food safety standardization with the Greater Bay Area?
As the food in Hong Kong became more expensive, its safety standards did not improve accordingly. Ninety percent of the food in Hong Kong are imported, the safety of which depends not only on the systems in the place of origin but quarantine and food testing. However, the public is largely uninformed of the food system processes including food production, transportation, testing, and sales. This means that the public could not identify food safety risks in advance.
From the publication of Hydroponics in Focus in 2015 to the African Swine Fever in 2019, Liber Research Community refocuses on the issue of food safety by digging into the food supply chain in Hong Kong – before our autonomy is put out of the frying pan into the fire.