When I was in the border town of Mae Sot in Tak province over the weekend, the sky was not only cloudy and grey, the air was also dangerous to breathe.
The annual haze problem is back. Not only in Mae Sot, but the whole mountainous North, as smoke billows endlessly from the burning of corn and sugar cane plantations to meet the insatiable demands of the agro-industry.
“I’ve not seen a blue sky here for months now,” said a local resident, heaving a deep sigh. “The corn is for the feed factories. The sugar cane is for the biofuel plants. They say people need food and clean energy. But we the locals end up with dirty air to breathe. But who cares about our health, our deaths?”
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