By Clarisa Diaz7 April 2021
Securing food during a crisis and preserving land for a livable climate is changing the focus of farming from rural areas to cities. At the forefront of this shift is Singapore, a city-sized country that aims to produce 30% of its own food by 2030. But with 90% of Singapore’s food coming from abroad, the challenge is a tall order. The plan calls for everyone in the city to grow what they… Read more
By Zhangxin Zheng4 March 2021
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) will be introducing a new bill to better manage emerging food safety risks as the agri-food landscape develops in the coming year. This was announced by the Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Desmond Tan, during the Committee of Supply debates, on Mar. 4. New bill to enhance food security and safety The new bill on food safety and security… Read more
27 October 2020
&ever Singapore Pte Ltd (previously Farmers Cut Pte Ltd), a fully-owned subsidiary of &ever GmbH from Germany, will grow and deliver leafy greens to consumers in Singapore with its first indoor farm in the region. Amid the global food supply challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) launched a ‘30x30 Express’ Grant earlier this year. The grant will… Read more
23 May 2020
Singapore’s obsession with food goes far deeper than its world-famous chili crab and laksa. One of the most densely populated countries on the planet, its 5.7 million people rely on other nations for almost everything they eat. Just 0.9 percent of its land area of about 700 square kilometers was classified as agricultural in 2016, only marginally more than icebound Greenland. Despite… Read more
7 April 2020
Coronavirus lockdowns are pushing more city dwellers to grow fruit and vegetables in their homes, providing a potentially lasting boost to urban farming, architects and food experts said on Tuesday. Confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, total more than 1.3 million, with about 74,000 deaths worldwide, according to a Reuters tally. Panic buying in some countries… Read more
8 April 2020
Singapore on Wednesday announced new measures to accelerate local food production as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts global supply chains, including a plan to turn car park rooftops in public housing estates into urban farms. The densely populated city-state produces only about 10% of its food needs but has plans to increase that as climate change and population growth threaten global food… Read more
By Pearly Neo22 January 2020
Singapore is looking into developing a comprehensive regulatory framework to govern novel food production for human consumption in the country, which would cover new items such as cell-based meat and alternative proteins. Read more: Read more
By Fasiha Nazren14 July 2019
Back to basics. A bowl of ice cold gula melaka sago dessert was all I needed after back-to-back interviews on a sweltering hot Tuesday afternoon. This particular dessert that I scoffed down in seconds was especially impressive because the pandan leaves were freshly picked from the humble yet diverse home garden of 27-year-old Justine Ong-Farmer and her husband… Read more
13 July 2019
SINGAPORE - Much has been said about endangered animal species, but Singapore is now also doing its part for threatened plant species in South-east Asia with the opening of the country's first seed bank. The bank - where seeds are stored and conserved - is located at the Botanic Gardens and was launched by the National Parks Board (NParks) on Saturday (July 13). The plan is to use the seeds… Read more
27 March 2019
A move to get primary school pupils to junk potato chips and fried chicken wings and snack instead on healthier alternatives like carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes will be launched next month. Called FoodSteps, it plans to start initially in 15 schools in the area run by the South West Community Development Council, with volunteers and food enthusiasts dishing up fun and interactive activities… Read more
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