More Residents Joining Trend of Growing your Own Food
A growing number of residents are interested in growing their own foods by growing vegetables and raising poultry in gardens, balconies or rooftops. So far a total of 50,000 families living in the city are growing vegetables and fruits at home while other are raising chickens and ducks in secret.
A man living in a villa in Bantian sub-district said that he and his family have two gardens. On the first floor they planted litchi and mango trees while on their second floor balcony they are growing different types of vegetables. He also said that that they sometime grow too much of these organic vegetables and fruits that they give some away to their friends.
One food safety worker said that the trend of growing your own food is not that common. In a research he compiles last year, more than 80 percent of residents were choosing to grow their vegetables and fruits because they don’t trust the food that are sold in the markets. One company owner rented a farmland and hired farmers to grow vegetables and raise poultry, and each month shares the harvest with his family and employees. These small farm lands not only improve a person’s living environment, but also provide safe food for its residents.
As of now the majority of fruits and vegetables in Shenzhen are being supplied by other cities. And with this current trend and activities might help the government in building their own vegetable base and improve food safety.