Sunday, 22 April 2012

Organic in Hanoi, Vietnam

Anyone traveling or living in Hanoi, Vietnam will find it difficult to locate Organic food here. I recently gave an interview to Thien Nhien News on Organic in Vietnam and the challenges that it faces here, which are many.

To folks who are new in the city, or new to Organic, Thanh Xuan Organics is the best place to start. They are selling Organic vegetables from groups of PGS farmers in Soc Son about 40km northwest along the Thang Long Highway near Noi Bai International Airport. It is run by a group called Action for the City. The Weekend Market off of To Ngoc Van also has some organic produce, and is run by the people at ASVELIS who sell the brand Naturally Vietnam chicken and eggs. These animals are being raised in great conditions and are the best available meat and eggs in the city.

Here is a short poem by Walt Whitman called A Farm-Picture:
   
Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,  
A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding;  
And haze, and vista, and the far horizon, fading away.
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