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A natural topic for national conversation

In Political economy, Property on 11/10/2012 at 5:49 am

An article in SunT ST last week on farming on the rooftops of HK reminded me that I had written in My S’pore: A greener & more pleasant land about using the roofs of our HDB blocks and other high-rise buildings to create a greener S’pore using examples from Switzerland. I also added, “This being S’pore, we could use HDB roof-tops to be self-sufficient in basic veggies, and range-free eggs.”

Well not only are the Hongkies now farming on the top of high rises, but I have since learnt that the Americans were already doing it for some yrs now: The idea to grow more food within city limits has spread in recent years along with increased awareness about the quality of our food and where it comes from. Advocates say urban farms can also provide important green-space and, when built on roofs, help reduce energy use and storm-water runoff. In dense cities like New York, with high real estate prices, rooftops represent enticing, unused space. Several cities, including New York and Seattle have revised zoning and building codes to help encourage the practice.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/19/us-farms-urban-idUSBRE86I0U120120719?type=smallBusinessNews

Maybe Khaw can get his planners to see if leasing out the roofs of HDB blocks to wannabe farmers can help lower the cost of the HDB flats to S’poreans?

And this is a natural topic for our National Conversation (Ya silly pun, I accept). It is a non-political topic of conversation for the S’pore of 2030.

Only SDP and NSP activists, Ravi the lawyer, KennethJ, Goh Meng Seng and TJS will strain out gnats to find a political angle to this issue. LOL.

Related link: Parks along abandoned railway tracks in the sky (NY) and on the ground (England)  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19872874

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  1. Amendment:
    Only SDP and NSP activists, Ravi the lawyer, KennethJ, Goh Meng Seng and TJS,and above all PAPs will strain out gnats to find a political angle to this issue. LOL.

  2. Well, get used to it. Everything is political!!!

  3. What you have suggested will NEVER work. As most Singaporean farmers I personally know (and I happen to know many of them) dont want to have anything to do with the govt of the day.

    Only those half past six farmers who go regularly go bankrupt cultivating hydrophonic leafy veggies will jump at this opportunity. And we all know they dont know the commercial business aspect of farming that well – so all you will get are amatuers and not professionals.

    To make $ in rooftop farming requires good business along with farming acumen. On a scale of 1 to 10. If oil palm farming is 7. Cocoa farming is about a 5. Roof top is definitely a close 8 to 9.

    This means to make the idea work commercially, you need professional farmers who know how to farm scientifically using precision cultivation methods – where are you going to get that sort of core competencies from?

    A wise farmer will never work with people who think only on a short term basis. You can even say that is axiomatic in farming.

    Darkness 2012

    • Since the locals have no expertise, Hsien Loong now have the perfect excuse to bring in more FTs. What a great idea! While on the topic of rooftop farming, how about harnessing solar energy on rooftops now that the power companies are no loonger locally owned?

      • Ya can all be part of NatCon. On solar panels, I waz told angle of sun’s rays means not efficient to use solar panels )))

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