Impetus Needed for Urban Farming
Speech by CAP President, SM Mohd Idris at the launch
Urban farming is fast picking up all over the world, be it done individually or in a community setting. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls upon the government of Malaysia to support communities and individuals to move towards the path of urban farming.
City and suburban agriculture is in the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. It is reported that around 15 percent of the world's food is now grown in urban areas.
by N. Selvam*
Pesticide use is rampant in Malaysian farms to the extent that almost all beneficial insects are wiped off from the field. A visit to several farms and further discussion with Malaysian farmers revealed the sordid condition of Malaysian farms. Farmers here resort to pesticide to get rid of pest problems.
Due to farmers’ ignorance on the significance of beneficial insects, they spray pesticides in their field which leads to the perishing of beneficial insects together with the pests.
A survey by the Consumers’ Association of Penang’s reveals that pesticides are still widely used in farms, threatening our natural ecosystems and farm environment. As consumers, we should not only be concerned of pesticide residues on the food we eat, but also pesticides’ widespread contamination and poisoning of the world.
Pesticides use is expanding in most regions of the world and the global market in 2012 was valued at about US$40 billion. At present there are about 800 pesticide active ingredients in use globally and these are formulated into many thousands of products that may contain more than one active ingredient.
If you’ve never seen an ex-battery hen take her first steps on soil, or feel the sunshine on her face for the first time – then this might be five of the most moving minutes you’ll ever see.
Battery cages had not only prevented these hens from expressing normal and natural behaviours – but they denied them of any quality of life.
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Workshop on Natural Farming for Sustainable Living
Organised by Consumers’ Association of Penang
21 November 2013 at RECSAM, Penang
Welcome remarks by Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris, President, Consumers’ Association of Penang.