Local Concerns: Farm chemicals
Agricultural produce is one of Thailand's top five exports, making up about 12.37% of GDP. At the same time, Thailand is one of the world's heaviest farm chemical users, with imports of such chemicals more than doubling in less than a decade.
A member of the community supported agriculture system harvests vegetables on her farm in Suphan Buri for her customers in the city. DANAYA CHULPHUTHIPHONG
In 2011, Thailand imported 160,000 tonnes of farming chemicals, a dramatic increase from about 78,000 tonnes in 2005. This alarming rise in chemical farming has raised fears over adverse health effects in both farmers and consumers, as well as damage to the ecology.
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