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As more information being available, consumers have a better understanding about the problems induced by conventional farming. At the same time, people become more conscious about their own health. These trends lead to the popularity of organic products in Hong Kong and worldwide. This small book is published to provide more information to consumers about organic products available in Hong Kong and allow them to make better choice for their own needs. Besides, we also hope this small book can also be serviced as a reference for the local organic operators.
This is the third organic directory published by us. Every year, the time needed for preparation would be much longer than what we expected at the planning stage. There are many reasons for the delay. The most important ones are that our ability cannot match with our ambition and that our manpower is not sufficient to achieve our target. Moreover, the frequent changes of data of organizations in Section Two of this book also make some contributions to the postponement. The changes involved are varied in seriousness, from change of responsible person to open and close of new branches or even shops. We were notified about these changes at different stages, from data collection to close to publishing. The circumstances may imply that the local organic market changes so rapidly, readers should pay more attention to the information provided in Chapter 2 “ Local Organic Organizations” , they may be altered from time to time.
The information listed in Chapter Two is provided by the organizations themselves. It is not possible for us to check if the products provided are really organic. In fact, the responsibility to ascertain the organic status of the organic products should fall on a certification system instead of a written guide. Hence, all organizations or products that appear in this Directory do not constitute our recognition or recommendation; likewise, organizations or products that do not appear in this Directory do not constitute our non-recognition or non-recommendation.
This piece of works could not be completed successfully without the support of various friends and organizations. In particular, we would like to thank Ms Chan Wai Chung who has helped and worked tirelessly from the concept constructing, through articles writing, translating and editing. Our thanks also go to Dr. Simon, S.C. Chau and Mr. Ho Leung Mau, our Chair and Director respectively, for their much valuable and practical advice on the structure of the book. All the authors were busy when they wrote for us. We are grateful to Ms Chu Pui Kwan, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Organic Farming Association and the Hong Kong Organic Resource Center for their generous support. All organizations appeared in the section of Local Organic Organizations of this Directory has been very patient to complete our long questionnaires. Thank you very much. Last but not least, we would like to thank all the organizations that have donated and have placed advertisements on this Directory. Without their support, this Directory cannot get printed and distributed to relevant organizations.