Food for thought

Food for thought
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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 10): Microbes are invisible friends that help purify water and aerate soil and boost the nutrient content of plants. They are part of our system and the foundation of life, say Tunku Johan Mansur and Lorna Dodd, who have brought to market a biostimulant beneficial to plant and soil health.

Looking at the rampant use of chemicals and pesticides in conventional agriculture, the couple advocate that people grow their own food and be responsible for their own food security.

Their hope is to help that happen with microbes, whatever someone chooses to grow, on the balcony, porch or any bit of space they can find.

World Food Day, celebrated on Oct 16, aims to promote global awareness of hunger and highlight the need to ensure healthy diets for all. It marks the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Quebec, Canada, in 1945. The future of food is about safe and secure produce.

Three businesses at the forefront of an agricultural revolution in Malaysia talk about the challenges of urban farming, and effective supply and distribution so people can eat well.

There is never any doubt that Lim Kit Siang is a Malaysian First. Kee Thuan Chye tells why he uses that as the title of his two-part biography on the DAP doyen, 80 this year and still fighting for the Malaysian Dream. Vol One: None But the Bold, available on Oct 25, opens with Lim's birth.

It looks at the family man behind the public persona, the battles he has lost and won, the sacrifices he has made for what he believes in… and ends on a "cliffhanger".

Time To Rise, a collaboration between Swiss Watch and IWC Schaffhausen, emphasises the power of hope and the importance of perseverance.

A video released in conjunction with the collaboration looks at how Malaysian fashion designers Jovian Mandagie, Rizman Nordin and Khoon Hooi have overcome obstacles in the last few years and adapted to changes in the industry, especially those wrought by the coronavirus.

Read all of these in the latest issue of Options, available with the Oct 11 issue of The Edge Malaysia weekly.

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