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Thai PBS on the Pesticide Crisis

In Research, Uncategorized on 05/02/2011 at 7:20 am

Below are links to Thai PBS news articles from the last month – all focusing on pesticide contamination in the Thai food system.  Thai PBS has become a major ally for the AAN and organic farming throughout the country.  Their documentary-style journalism has helped to expose the risks involved with Thailand’s increasingly agri-business focused economy and the impacts on small-scale farmers.  The stories below are in Thai, but English summaries can be made available.

1. Thailand suspended the export of 16 kinds of vegetables to the EU.   ไทยระงับส่งออกผัก 16 ชนิดไปอียู (2011-01-12) http://www.thaipbs.or.th/s1000_obj/front_page/page/1031.html?content_id=288732

2. Vegetable importers prepared to raise the standards for Thai agricultural products. ผู้นำเข้าพืชผักเตรียมเพิ่มมาตรฐานสินค้าเกษตรไทย (2011-01-13) http://www.thaipbs.or.th/s1000_obj/front_page/page/1031.html?content_id=288803

3. Researchers indicate the contaminants involved in the Thai vegetables crisis นักวิชาการชี้สารปนเปื้อนผักไทยอยู่ในขั้นวิกฤต (2011-01-27) http://www.thaipbs.or.th/s1000_obj/front_page/page/1031.html?content_id=290863 Read the rest of this entry »

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Thailand’s Pesticide Problem

In Research on 28/01/2011 at 3:35 am

From the January 26 paper – the article can be found here on the Bangkok Post website.  Most importantly, the article calls for the banning of  “carbofuran, dicrotophos, methomyl and EPN” and the article continues…”The list of pesticides approved for use is due to expire in August.  The EU recently found prohibited chemicals in imported vegetables including basil, chili, Chinese bitter cucumber and bean. Fears of a possible EU ban on Thai vegetables has prompted the government to order a temporary suspension of shipments.” 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 »

Yasothon Green Market Consumer Booklet หนังสือผู้บริโภค ตลาดสีเขียวยโสธร

In Research on 06/06/2010 at 6:40 am

More from the Food Ways: Sisaket Shallots and Ubon Chilis

In Research on 10/05/2010 at 4:43 pm

The first week of May found the Food Ways Learning Group traveling by 6-wheel truck trace the food ways of two very commonly purchased food ingredients – shallots and chilis.  Buying food is increasingly common in Esan’s rural communities and villagers are increasingly concerned and are asking – where does food come from?  How is it produced?  While both research trips were important learning experiences for our group, everyone was astounded by the amount of chemicals used in production.  Yet this is reality in a food system that depends on monocropping.  More writing to come on this resarch process, for now some photos from our most recent experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

Hyrbid rice in Asia

In Our Network, Research on 30/04/2010 at 4:34 pm

A report from our regional network allies:

“In China, where hybrid rice originated, farmers’ experience with hybrid rice is utterly at variance with the glossy advertisements found in nearly every seed shop in town. Read the rest of this entry »

AAN Regional Collaboration: SAEDA Workshop in Xiang Khouang, Lao PDR

In In Solidarity, Network Events, Research on 16/03/2010 at 11:11 am

Sustainable agriculture is growing throughout Southeast Asia, and in some countries, government support and coordination with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is producing positive results.  The work currently being carried out by the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Development Association (SAEDA), a Lao organization committed to sustainable agriculture and community development, is an example of this movement.

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Seed Records

In Farmers Groups, Research on 09/03/2010 at 12:59 pm

Indigenous rice seed research is a year-long process: from germination to harvest, documentation to report-writing, our farmer-researchers are developing their own approaches to preserving and expanding the indigenous seed base in communities throughout our network.  Researchers from the Sustainable Agriculture Foundation in Bangkok spent the day recently with the Kamet Seed Research Volunteer Group in Yasothon province to help collect a round of data from the group’s research paddy.

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Contract Aquaculture in the Chi River, Mahasarakam: Benefits for Agribusiness and Costs for Small Farmers

In Research on 06/03/2010 at 1:38 pm

Contract Farming and Riverine Aquaculture: The Realities of the ‘Slave Contract’ and the Risks that Farmers Must Bear

Sumeth Panchamlong – Regional Coordinator, Alternative Agriculture Network – Esan

Thanks to Asia Monitor Resource Center for their translation support!

To view this report’s charts regarding investment costs, please click on the document below:

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New FTA Report from the Sustainable Ag Foundation

In Research on 07/01/2010 at 3:04 am

written by Sajin Prachason – Sustainable Agriculture Foundation (Thailand) and FTA Watch

From the report:

5) Adjustment to free trade does not simply happen and farmers are pushed to join contract farming.

When farmers are unable to compete with import products, they are told to adjust themselves to the new business environment or simply change to do other jobs.  But for many farmers adjustment means to continue growing the same crops because it is part of their lives and these very same crops had proved for years to provide them and their families with basic needs and some levels of luxury. For other farmers, adjustment means to join government programs or companies in contract farming.  This is especially true in Thailand since contract farming is promoted by many policy makers and organizations because of their promises on market access and guaranteed prices for farmers.  In fact, contract farming may be favourable for farmers if contracts are negotiated on equal footing and there is a mechanism to regulate and control unfair practices. Read the rest of this entry »