GROW CityU has applied for the certification of Organic Production for our roof garden on Academic Building 2, therefore all growing activities from now on must accord with the organic certification guidelines.
Agriculture is one of humankind’s most basic activities because all people need to nourish themselves daily. Similar principles apply to agriculture in the broadest sense, including the way people tend soils, water, plants and animals in order to produce, prepare and distribute food and other goods. They concern the way people interact with living landscapes, relate to one another and shape the legacy of future generations. Organic agriculture is based on such principles of health, ecology, fairness and care that serves to inspire the organic movement in its full diversity. “It should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible, be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them, build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities and be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.” as it’s put forth by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.
To increase the awareness of farmers, consumers and the general public about the role of certification in the production and marketing of organic products, and promoting the sustainable development of organic farming in Hong Kong the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre (HKORC) was established in December 2002. To ensure a safe and quality food supply and an ecologically balanced living environment for future generations, the first local certification body of organic products was set up under the Agricultural Development Fund. HKORC-Cert provides certification services on Crop Production, Aquaculture, and Processing and Handling. Applicants should refer to the "Organic Production, Aquaculture and Processing Standard" for the requirements of each of the relevant type of certification.