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Agrochemicals: A Social and Environmental Crisis

Agrochemicals: A Social and Environmental Crisis in
Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand, 24 November 2009 – As the 9th National Plant
Protection Conference begins today in Ubon Ratchatani province, northeastern
Thailand, the Alternative Agriculture Network – Esan (AAN) has prepared a
statement on the current crisis surrounding the use of agrochemicals in our
food system. For more background information, please read our recent
reports on Carbofuran and Kudchum District.
In meeting with agrochemical company representatives at this conference,
Thailand’s agricultural researchers and government representatives are
neglecting their role in controlling the import and use of pesticides and
other agrochemicals. The Ubon Ratchatani provincial strategy for economic
development points out that it will “develop organic agriculture,” and both
Yasothon and Sisaket have organic farming in their provincial “visions.” Roi
Et, Surin and other Esan provinces also have organic farming policies.
It must be that these researchers are not interested in organic agriculture
or they don’t see the importance of the national agricultural policy and
Esan provincial strategies. Between January and September of 2008, Thailand
imported over 99 million kg of agrochemicals. More than 10 million kg of
carbofuran is imported annually.
The current controversy surrounding the planned distribution of 41 tons of
suspected Carbofuran in Kudchum district, Yasothon province has come to
represent the progressiveness of AAN farmers and our allies. Importantly,
this controversy has also displayed the backwardness of provincial
bureaucrats, given the corruption inherent in their proposed “natural
disaster” project.
The AAN has met with farmers who use these chemicals on food crops –
including rice, beans, watermelons, eggplant and chili. We have met many
farmers that have lost family members due to chemical use. The majority of
these imported chemicals stay in our water and plants for a long time. This
kind of chemical use is not equal, as producing countries in Europe and the
U.S. sell these chemicals in Thailand, but don’t use them themselves. The
choice to import chemicals without knowledge of their impacts or
responsibility on behalf of corporations exemplifies the great equality that
still exists between northern and southern countries. Chemicals produced by
Bayer in Germany are not used there and shouldn’t be used in other
countries. Chemicals produced by Monsanto in the U.S. are not used there and
should not be used in other countries.
Government representatives say that we cannot stop using these chemicals
because we have nothing to replace them with. But this is said make people
“lost” – policies need to be derived from the facts about the risks and
impacts of these chemicals. We don’t need to replace chemicals; we need real
change in our food system. We need to start producing a diversity of crops
and developing safe, local markets.
Thailand must ban the use of agrochemicals currently on the “Dangerous
Chemicals Watch List,” many of which are banned in other countries. For
example, Thailand must ban the use of paraquat and carbofuran. Second,
Thailand must strictly put into practice its laws regarding dangerous
chemicals. We need measures to control the advertisement and sales promotion
of agrochemicals. Third, to the media, consumers and general population, we
need to come together and reject chemicals and the socially and
environmentally irresponsible corporations that produce them. We need to
come together and create a safe, local food system.
The AAN has successfully developed sustainable agriculture systems for
small-scale producers and continues to defend community food security. We
will continue to monitor government policies and demand accountability and
transparency from those responsible for controlling agrochemicals in



If they chang their rice field to be the oganic farm, how do they make sure that there have no any chemical mixed? The old rice field soil containing lots of chemical which we are using for the agricultural activites and does not be disintegrated by its self for the rest of next 100+ years.

Organic mean..pure or 100% pure and chemical free. Pure air, pure natural mineral water which we need to grow those veggi and no need soil to grow it.

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