Hot! Thailand’s Food Exportation at Risk from Pesticides

VOA | Thailand’s exportation of staple produce, such as rice, is at risk due to pesticide residues.

Due to a large demand, many farmers have relied on imported chemical pesticides and fertilizers that many do not know how to safely use.

The European Union has issued repeated warnings about using the pesticides threatening to ban some Thai produce. Last year these warnings resulted in a self-imposed halt of exports with a promise to clean up the industry.

Tests conducted showed alarming levels of toxic residue on market produce, including several cancer-causing chemicals that are banned in some countries. Thailand’s health department has also conducted blood tests in farming communities to monitor the levels of organophosphates, an active ingredient commonly found in many pesticides.

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