Talking Points: what food should be banned from Hong Kong?

Talking Points: what food should be banned from Hong Kong?

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Pauline Wong, 14, Maryknoll Convent School

Obviously, shark fin soup should be banned. Killing this huge number of sharks each year is harming the food chain in the sea as well as hindering the ecosystem. Yes, it might symbolise wealth, power and honour, but it also symbolises that you don’t care that sharks might go extinct. So many restaurants in Hong Kong still serve shark fin soup, and the number of sharks in the sea is decreasing each year! #SaveTheSharks.


Ady Lam, 11, Island School

Shark fin, sea turtles, and all other endangered animals. It is silly to eat animals which play big roles in our world’s ecosystems. Hong Kong is the capital of the shark fin trade, but this shouldn’t be. We should stop setting a bad model, and try to sustain our city without having to eat shark fin soup.


Charis Chan Cheuk-lok, 15, Carmel Secondary School

Just like in Singapore, chewing gum should be banned from Hong Kong. People who chew gum always seem rude. They make you think: “Does he hate what I’m saying?” or: “Is he bored?” So, banning chewing gum would improve the image of Hong Kong. Apart from that, gum also affects the cleanliness Hong Kong. You always see it stuck on bus seats, or on sidewalks around the city. It is disgusting!


Chong Yi-hin, 15, Fung Kai Lui Man Shek Tong Secondary School

We should ban those artificial fish sausage snacks. It is one of the most popular snacks for Hong Kong children, but it is dangerous to eat a lot of it. It only contains a little bit of chicken or fish, and the rest is all chemicals, some of which can even give you brain damage. During a school camp, my classmate was then sent to the hospital after he ate too much of this snack and vomited on the ground – and on my shoes.


Arzoo Muhammad, 15, Tak Nga Secondary School

No matter where I go – school, home, or even on the street – I can smell instant noodles! Super tasty instant noodles are everyone’s favourite lunch option – including mine – but they are also super unhealthy. They are highly processed and have a lot of preservatives to make them last longer. They are high in calories, sodium and fat, and filled with artificial colours and flavourings. And since the noodles are made of bleached white flour, it is hard to digest, and it give you a stomachache. Some people are so addicted to them that they can’t control themselves if they smell them, so banning them would be the best solution!


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Alina Fung, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Soft drinks are extremely popular in Hong Kong, even though they are so unhealthy. They are just carbon dioxide gas and chemicals that rot your teeth. Most of them contain too much sugar, so they can cause obesity and diabetes. Compared to fresh, pure juice or distilled water, soft drinks cause more harm than good for all of us, and are not recommended for children!


Valerie Yung, 11, King George V School

Hong Kong should put an end to shark fin soup. Hey, don’t stare at me – you don’t know what sharks are going through right now. Every year, we slaughter one million of them, but they only eat 10 of us. Even though they are ferocious beasts of the sea, they are still amazing creatures. Go see them for yourself at the aquarium!


Eunice Yung Po-yiu, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Shark fin should banned from Hong Kong because the shark is an endangered species. It is very cruel, and if we always eat shark fin, there will be fewer and fewer sharks.


Angela Chow, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Shark fin should be banned from HongKong. It is cruel for people to cut the fins off of sharks when they are still alive, as the injured sharks will die in serious pain.

Sharks are an endangered species and we should try our best to protect them. So next time you go to the restaurant, don’t order shark fin soup.

No deal, no harm.


Vivian Lau Siu-yee, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

We should ban stinky tofu because it smells very bad. A lot of stinky tofu is made in very dirty places, and it contains chemicals that can cause cancer.


Lily Chan Ka-wai,15, Fung Kai Lin Man Shek Tong Secondary School

We should ban shark fin because sharks are endangered.


Cheng Sing-yik, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Snake meat should be banned from Hong Kong because it is a dirty and ugly food. Snakes are poisonous, so it is a dangerous job for the person who must hunt or farm the snake.


Tommy Hon, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

I think the “spicy stick” (dried seasoned tofu) should be banned because it is full of chemicals that are not good for our health. A lot of it is made in small illegal factories that are very dirty. Many young students can buy it in convenience stores, so banning it would protect the health of our next generation.


Hugo Chui, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Unquestionably shark fin soup should be banned. It is more status symbol than nutritious, but the demand for it has made sharks an endangered species.


Yannie Cheung, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Food made from endangered species should be banned. It is not only to be environmental friendly, but also to stay healthy, as some of these animals live in very polluted places. We need to protect them so that the next generation can still see them in the wild.


Casey Ching, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Cup noodles should be banned. Most workers and students love eating cup noodles for lunch or even dinner so as to save time to do other things. But they are unhealthy as they are high in salt and fat, and having too much salt can give us kidney failure.


Cheung Tsz-kin, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Stinky tofu is definitely my first choice to ban from Hong Kong. Although some people are really crazy about it, most people I know do not like it. In fact, just smelling it makes them want to vomit. But more importantly, there is a hygiene problem. Like most street snacks, you don’t know what kind of ingredients they used to make it.


Nick Wong, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

The spicy strip should be banned from Hong Kong, because it is made of dirty ingredients and many unhealthy chemicals. This kind of snack is sold in many stores and it is very cheap, but some of it is made in illegal factories where the working environment is very dirty.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
What food should be banned from Hong Kong?

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Tin Yau Lo

21:13pm

I think Hong Kong should ban shark fin. Sharks are now endangered species become people always kill them for their fins. after the fishers after the fishers get the fins, they then throw the injured shark back to the sea. Those sharks cannot survive without their fins and they will die in a short period of time

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Tin Yau Lo

21:13pm

I think Hong Kong should ban shark fin. Sharks are now endangered species become people always kill them for their fins. after the fishers after the fishers get the fins, they then throw the injured shark back to the sea. Those sharks cannot survive without their fins and they will die in a short period of time

Lucy Davitson

18:55pm

shark fin soups should definitely be banned..remember watching discovery movie about poachers for the assignment on environmental studies with http://****writemyessayfast.org/ and actually taking the fin and letting a shark suffer till it dies is horrible..well that's cruel