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    監製:Fong Hiu Shan

    21/04/2017
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    In the farmlands in the neighborhood of Lisbon, Portugal, Kannie learns the inconvenient truth that one third of farm crops are rejected by unmerciful traders, supermarket buyers, and market shoppers, they could never make it to the markets, let alone our plates. Why? The only sin: they are born ugly and to a world in which people look for perfection. What is the fate of the uglies? Trash! Kannie meets two young game changers - Isabel Soares and Mia Canelhas, who are devoted to tell people ‘beautiful people eat ugly fruit’. They take Kannie along their rescue missions, to pick, taste and collect the otherwise in-the-trash crops. Kannie is eager to know, do the ugly fruits and vegetables, with black spots, rough skin and unorthodox shapes, qualities arousing anything but appetite, taste alright? Who is to blame if they are not eaten, the fruits or the consumers?

    If one thinks that the two third of flawless vegetables and fruits can safely escape the fate of being buried in landfills, then s/he is wrong. In fact, consumers dump 40% of the food purchased by them. Raphael Fellmer, a German, calls for public awareness and a stop. He initiated ‘money strike’, living without money, and launched a food-sharing program, encouraging people to share surplus food with neighbors. Raphael has developed a team of volunteer food savers to build up communities all over Berlin for the mission. Their effort results in less food in the trash and more love in the communities. Intrigued by the effectiveness it works in Germany, Kannie shares the idea with Alvina Chan, a celebrity chef dedicated to serve the underprivileged. Together, they want to give it a try in Hong Kong. The midas touch of Alvina turned some stale overnight food residue into cuisine francaise. But can these two women find a like mind to share their passion, ideal, and more pressing, the food on the table?

    20/4/2017 7:00 - 7:30pm TVB Pearl
    21/4/2017 5:30 - 6:00pm RTHK31


    聯絡: fonghs@rthk.hk


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    EPISODES
    • Zero Carbon Food

      Zero Carbon Food

      In the present era of environmental consciousness prevails, people start to think twice what they should eat and what should not. When we are consuming a fresh fruit from the other side of the global village, our planet earth is eating carbon dioxide that we have left behind. Long distance transportation is too pricey on the environment that motivates modern environmentalist farmers to make a change. We should grow our food where we live, literally in the city. Urban farming flourishes in many cities all over the world, but how is it possible in Singapore and Hong Kong? These cities are notorious for crowdedness. Kannie meets the Singaporean Bjorn Law, who advocates ‘grow your own food’, not just a slogan but actually helps restaurants to grow their vegetables next door. When Kannie tours around the garden city, she realizes that decorative gardens of commercial buildings can simply turn into edible farms, without losing any beauty. Vertical farming in the heart of Singapore is technologically orientated, which attracts young university graduates to be hands-on the dirts. The farm uses minimal energy input to grow vegetables and breed fish at the same time. In Hong Kong, Kannie finds a farm inside an industrial building, a wise way to use the limited space in the city, as industry is on the edge of disappearing. Do we need to sacrifice our taste buds or the joy of eating exotic food to become an environmentalist? Caleb Harper, a researcher at MIT, USA will probably make it not necessary, because in the future, one can get an email tomato from faraway. He has a habit of talking to plants, in their language of pH value, mineral contents, and etc. With this knowledge and data, he has devised an open-source ‘food computer’. He envisions that in the future, every farmer and every home-grower will be able to grow a particular crop in a specific place of a preferred year. Mankind is approaching a world of zero carbon food.

      4/5/2017 7:00 - 7:30pm TVB Pearl
      5/5/2017 5:30 - 6:00pm RTHK31

      05/05/2017
    • Anti-terror battle against Asian Carps

      Anti-terror battle against Asian Carps

      In Bath, Illinois, a supposedly peaceful city in the USA, Kannie joins the local folks, children and adults alike, for the hunt of the notorious terrorists there, namely Asian Carps. She witnesses the fish jumping out of water, probably performing a somersault, before diving and disappearing into the water. Isn’t it bizarre? But the scene is as real as the threat of the fish. They are an environmental disaster. Asian Carps were introduced into some ponds in Arkansas, USA in the 1970s to purify the water, however, they found a way to escape the confined ponds into the river system. They are the fittest, in the race of survival, almost pushing the native species to extinction. The damage will be unimaginable if the fish further match their way northward. But how to stop them? The US government has spent lot of money trying to keep the fish at bay; biologists monitor their every alarming move. However, the general folks think that they have a better solution: ‘if you can’t beat them, then eat them.’ Fisherman Clint Carter shows Kannie how to tackle the fish with many small bones, otherwise they are unpalatable to Americans. Entrepreneurs Michael Schafer and Yu Yongqin see the invasive fish as a business opportunity and a healthy protein source to feed the world. Will the notorious fish, like the optimists think, be integrated into the American diet? Kannie follows the return route of Asian Carps back to Shenzhen, China, as an imported wild species. Do the Chinese people welcome their long gone fellows?

      27/4/2017 7:00 - 7:30pm TVB Pearl
      28/4/2017 5:30 - 6:00pm RTHK31

      28/04/2017
    • Stop waste

      Stop waste

      In the farmlands in the neighborhood of Lisbon, Portugal, Kannie learns the inconvenient truth that one third of farm crops are rejected by unmerciful traders, supermarket buyers, and market shoppers, they could never make it to the markets, let alone our plates. Why? The only sin: they are born ugly and to a world in which people look for perfection. What is the fate of the uglies? Trash! Kannie meets two young game changers - Isabel Soares and Mia Canelhas, who are devoted to tell people ‘beautiful people eat ugly fruit’. They take Kannie along their rescue missions, to pick, taste and collect the otherwise in-the-trash crops. Kannie is eager to know, do the ugly fruits and vegetables, with black spots, rough skin and unorthodox shapes, qualities arousing anything but appetite, taste alright? Who is to blame if they are not eaten, the fruits or the consumers?

      If one thinks that the two third of flawless vegetables and fruits can safely escape the fate of being buried in landfills, then s/he is wrong. In fact, consumers dump 40% of the food purchased by them. Raphael Fellmer, a German, calls for public awareness and a stop. He initiated ‘money strike’, living without money, and launched a food-sharing program, encouraging people to share surplus food with neighbors. Raphael has developed a team of volunteer food savers to build up communities all over Berlin for the mission. Their effort results in less food in the trash and more love in the communities. Intrigued by the effectiveness it works in Germany, Kannie shares the idea with Alvina Chan, a celebrity chef dedicated to serve the underprivileged. Together, they want to give it a try in Hong Kong. The midas touch of Alvina turned some stale overnight food residue into cuisine francaise. But can these two women find a like mind to share their passion, ideal, and more pressing, the food on the table?

      20/4/2017 7:00 - 7:30pm TVB Pearl
      21/4/2017 5:30 - 6:00pm RTHK31

      21/04/2017
    • Orphans save the world

      Orphans save the world

      Africa is a continent of irony. It has fertile land, amounting to 25% of the arable land in the world, yet 24% of its people suffer from malnutrition. Kannie wonders why the resourceful Africa cannot provide sufficient food for its people. Or in principle it can? In Nairobi, Kenya, she meets Patrick Maundu, an ethnobotanist and research scientist and is told that the key to food security in Kenya, as well as in Africa, is lying in their native land. It was lost for a few decades. The solution is simple enough - to eat like their grandparents. However, to make it happen, there is no simple shortcut. The colonial period of Kenya planted new crops in the land and new ideas in people’s mind. The new generations prefer westernized food and lifestyles. As a result, indigenous and traditional plants, which are nutritional and tolerant of the soil condition and drought, were abandoned by Kenyans. In the long run, they have become orphan crops, marginalized if not ceased to exist. Patrick wants to make a change. He knows that these orphan crops have to be replanted in the land, and to be served in restaurants and sold in markets. For two decades, he has travelled all over Kenya, painstakingly documenting, collecting and saving the orphan plants from extinction. He believes that, in the end the orphans will save the world. Kannie visits farmers, villagers and market sellers, to see how Kenyans respond to this old yet novel solution to food security. Afterwards, Kannie continues her journey to the north near to the equator, and is amused to meet a Chinese agriculture professor, Liu Gaoqiong helping to increase crop productivity in Kenya. She is even more amused to see professor Liu’s Kenyan tale being a practical one of feeding the hungry, as well as a romantic love story. Back in Hong Kong, Kannie is sad to learn that the highly urbanized Hong Kong has lost some indigenous yet cherished crops. Only old farmers have been struggling to keep the local crop diversity. Is it too late to save the lost species?

      13/4/2017 7:00 - 7:30pm TVB Pearl
      14/4/2017 5:30 - 6:00pm RTHK31

      14/04/2017
    • Insect Bites

      Insect Bites

      The first foodie Kannie spots on a street in Amsterdam, Holland is not eating one of the Dutch abundant vegetables, the famous herring or the traditional croquette, he feeds himself with a dried mealworm. Why are the Dutch people eating bugs? They can’t afford any decent food anymore? Her curiosity leads her to visit Professor Arnold van Huis and Professor Marcel Dicke, entomologists at Wageningen University, who have been fighting tooth and nail for 20 years, trying to convince people to eat bugs. Kannie learns that the world needs to find a new source of animal protein, and insects happen to be the best deal in many ways. Production of traditional animal protein, like beef, will not be able to catch up with the growing population, not to mention the side effects of increasing pressure on environment, health concerns and animal welfare. Insects seem to be a miraculous solution of all. Insect breeding for human consumption is regulated in Holland, and recently the rest of Europe quickly follows suit, where fundings start to channel in the research. The shocking news from Professor Dicke that we are eating insects daily without knowing it, takes Kannie off-guarded. How comes? In light of that, Kannie decides to visit a chef, Henk van Gurp, famous for turning these creepy creatures into a delight. Finally, Kannie manages to bring back boxes of insects to Hong Kong; a Chinese chef helps her to make fusion dishes of exotic insects with Cantonese flavors. Can Kannie convince people at the eatery, like her, to take the first bite of insect in their lives?

      6/4/2017 7:00 - 7:30pm TVB Pearl
      7/4/2017 5:30 - 6:00pm RTHK31

      07/04/2017