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Thoughts Raised: End of Year Op-Eds

In Uncategorized on 28/12/2010 at 10:08 pm

Thanks to the students of the Fall 2010 CIEE Khon Kaen program for their support.  Here are two Op-Eds that really focus in on important current issues in Thailand’s interdependent rural-urban society:

Rethink the Rural and Urban

Sam Ryals

Globally the number of farmers is on the decline and urban slum populations are on the rapid rise.  Countless people flood to urban centers each year with the hope of prospering only to find that there is little but destitution waiting to welcome them.  Farmers are finding themselves in a similar state of poverty as the urban poor as large corporations snatch up the small farms and replace them with chemical intensive mono cropping.  Who is winning here? The big businesses, the politicians and the government have much to gain as the divide between the rich and the poor is exponentially increasing.  As Monsanto cuts backroom deals with policy makers innocent farmers are falling into bankruptcy because of the unethical business practices of seed patenting.  Read the rest of this entry »

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AAN Yasothon Profile: Suwit Thankakoon

In Our Network on 28/12/2010 at 10:01 pm

Here is a new AAN Member Profile from Madeleine Dick-Godfrey, a student in the Fall 2010 CIEE Khon Kaen program:

Leaders Building Community

Madeleine Dick-Godfrey

You are in the middle of baking a cake. You realize you are missing a key ingredient, sugar. Do you: a.) Borrow sugar from your neighbors? Or b.) Drive all the way to the supermarket just to pick some up? Read the rest of this entry »

Carbofuran-related Death Reported in Komchadluek Newspaper

In Research on 23/12/2010 at 12:31 am

22 December 2010 – from Komchadluek Newspaper

The headline reads: “Deathly exposure from use of  FURADAN”

What is especially significant about this headline is the use of the product name, Furdan, in the headline.  Carbofuran, the active chemical in this pesticide produced by the FMC corporation, is a broad spectrum, systemic insecticide that is used on a range of crops, including rice, corn, watermelon, eggplant, and a number of other fruit and vegetable crops. Corporations like FMC work hard to prevent the names of their products from being mentioned in the media when there are instances of misuse, illness of death related to those products.  Carbofuran is recognized as one of the most dangerous pesticides on the market today. Read the rest of this entry »