Concerns over the safety of imported food from China – Hong Kong's largest supplier – have many criticizing a new plan to turn much of the last of its farmland into apartments.
Ma Shi Po Village, Hong Kong
Five years ago, when the Hong Kong government decided to push ahead with a plan to build tens of thousands of apartment units near its border with China, few anticipated anyone caring about the territory’s last remaining farms – let alone fight against it.
But growing concerns over safety of food imported from China – the largest supplier of food to the former British colony – have led many to criticize the wisdom of sacrificing much of the farmland that remains.
Now, many are petitioning the government to save the farmland and some have suggested the government instead construct the apartments on Hong Kong’s oldest golf course. And they’re getting a morale booster: Late last month, legislators passed a non-binding motion in favor of developing the golf course and sparing existing villages. But the fight won’t be an easy one.
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