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    64% of veggies 'unsafe' due to pesticides

    64% of veggies 'unsafe' due to pesticides

    25 Nov 2017 at 07:32
    NEWSPAPER SECTION: NEWS | WRITER: PENCHAN CHAROENSUTHIPAN

    Over 60% of popular vegetables sold at shopping malls and markets are contaminated with a cocktail of pesticides farmers use to boost yields and ensure year-round sales, a food safety network warned Friday.

    MORE: BANGKOK POST

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    Re: 64% of veggies 'unsafe' due to pesticides

    Scary stuff, and I don't think Thailand is the only country with that problem, either.

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    Re: 64% of veggies 'unsafe' due to pesticides

    The good news, or at least the potential for a good way forward, is that various NGOs, university and private researchers, and government agencies are aware of the seriousness of this issue and are trying to make plans. The safety and security of Thai agricultural products impacts the local population and also the lucrative export markets, so it's obviously in everyone's best interest to get a handle on this.

    First, a couple links in Thai language:
    The study referenced in the Bangkok Post article.
    A related pesticide article from the newspaper KomChadLuek.

    The second article talks about something called "Thailand 4.0" which is a current government initiative for development. How much of it is just going to be lip service and how much much might lead to positive changes remains to be seen.

    A couple links in English about Thailand 4.0:
    From the government public relations department.
    From Thailand Business news.


    The Thai-PAN organization (Thailand Pesticide Alert Network) appears to be an excellent NGO which has been gathering data and working in this area for several years.


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