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Brighter Green Associate Interviewed by "Eating Animals" Director, Christopher Quinn 9/29/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Eating Animals director Christopher Quinn. BG also provided Mr. Quinn Chinese contacts, including What's For Dinner? director Jian Yi, for the film.

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou interviewed by Our Hen House 7/23/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Our Hen House on Brighter Green's What's For Dinner? and China screening tour in June and July 2014.

Brighter Green and Partner Global Forest Coalition Published in "Square Brackets" 7/1/14

Brighter Green and partner Global Forest Coalition published their article "Implementing Aichi Target 3 in the livestock sector" in "Square Brackets: CBD Newsletter for Civil Society".

Brighter Green Releases June 2014 Newsletter 6/27/14

Brighter Green releases its June 2014 newsletter highlighting achievements and events in the first part of 2014. You can view the newsletter here.

Brighter Green Launches "What's For Dinner?" China Screening Tour 6/15/14

Brighter Green launches the China tour of the short documentary film "What's For Dinner?". The film is screened in multiple cities through July 2014 and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, and Zhejiang province. To learn more please click here.

Brighter Green Presents at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption 6/11/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou presented her paper, "The Triangle: Factory Farming in the U.S., China and Brazil" in Shanghai, China at the Global Research Forum on Production and Consumption.

BG Partner Global Forest Coalition Releases Paraguayan Case Study 5/22/14

Brighter Green partner Global Forest Coalition publishes Paraguayan case study on the environmental and social impacts of unsustainable livestock and soybean production.

Brighter Green and Global Forest Coalition New Report and Briefing Paper 5/22/14

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition announce the release of a new report and briefing paper on redirecting government support for unsustainable livestock production as the key to biodiversity conservation.

Brighter Green Appears in the Scientific American Magazine 5/20/14

The Scientific American article "China's Appetite for Meat Swells, Along with Climate Changing Pollution" references Brighter Green research as well as quotes Executive Director Mia MacDonald and Associate Wanqing Zhou.

What's For Dinner? Page on Icarus Website 5/9/14

Brighter Green's short documentary film What's For Dinner? is now featured on Icarus Films' website, WFD's North American distributor. Visit the website for more information on screening or purchasing the film.

Brighter Green Releases Policy Brief of "Beyond the Pail: the Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia" 4/28/14

Brighter Green released the policy brief for the most recent policy paper, Beyond the Pail: the Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia. The brief, available here, provides a succinct summary of the paper and recommendations.

Brighter Green's film What's For Dinner? to be featured in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital 3/21/14

Brighter Green's short film What's For Dinner? was recently selected to appear in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. It appeared on March 19th at 12PM in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, along with a discussion partnering with the China Environment Forum.

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Rooftops: the New Agricultural Commodity

October 22, 2012 12:00pm
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Amid growing concerns about food security and food safety, residents of Hong Kong have taken urban farming to a new level: their rooftops. The main motivation for this new endeavor is, according to a recent New York Times article, to ensure a ready supply of chemical free, fresh vegetables. Finding themselves limited by policies governing the sparse open land in Hong Kong, residents looked to the sky.

There are mounting concerns about the safety of the produce found in urban Chinese markets, and vegetables labeled as organic are skyrocketing in price. Legal establishment of a farm is no small feat, though. For his farm, Mr. Lam supplied $65,000: an investment for permits, irrigation, equipment and "land use." But the price is right for those concerned with the source of the food they eat, and for others who want to buy local and safe. Rooftop farms are also a much smaller investment than buying or leasing a tract of land, and a safer one, too. Mr. Lam notes that he is able to disassemble and reassemble his farm if necessary.

Could rooftop gardens be a piece in the puzzle of supplying non-industrialized food to Chinese citizens at an affordable price? Mr. Lam might not be alone in his appreciation for what he has grown. As most people who venture into growing their own vegetables find, it is a rewarding experience, as Stella Zhou reported from her home city of Hangzhou in southern China. Access to fresh vegetables may renew an appreciation for vegetable-based dishes. Fresh vegetables may become the new vogue, as opposed to increased meat consumption.

This phenomenon is not limited to China; here in New York City, a growing number of residents and restaurants have set up their own rooftop farms, in an attempt to achieve hyper-locavorism. Knowing how your food is grown and where it comes from is one of the first steps in moving away from industrialized farming. Even with the push towards urban farming, it would be impossible to feed entire cities solely from the food currently produced in local, small farms. But with innovative ideas such as rooftop farming, businesses and residents are taking steps towards realizing the seemingly impossible, in China, the U.S. or elsewhere.

Image courtesy U.S. National Archives