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A return to natural food: notes from a small Taiwan farm

“We don’t need more big successful companies… we need somebody to make healthy, good and natural food. I know a lot of people trying to do this, and I want to do this too.”

Eric Hwang spent his youth in bustling Taipei city, studying to be a chef. But disillusioned with the low quality of ingredients used by most restaurants, he eventually left the restaurant industry, returning to his countryside hometown to rear chickens the natural way with his wife and parents.

Today, Eric’s family farm is experimenting with new ways of using traditional knowledge to be environmentally and socially sustainable. His father (a former pharmacologist) grows traditional Chinese herbal medicines, feeding their chickens herb tea water instead of using antibiotics.

Meanwhile, Eric’s wife supports a farm staff made up mainly of single mothers, trained onsite to learn all aspects of running a small farm.

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