Demand for animal feed threatens a tropical paradise

Hills around Mae Khi Muk deforested for maize cultivation; Photo: Florian Nüsch

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Thailand is one of the biggest poultry exporters in the world. That means there's a huge demand for corn feed. The country's maize farmers are increasingly switching to monocultures to keep up, but that quickly exhausts the soil. Now, farmers are also using chemical fertilizers or are clearing forests to make way for new farmland to keep the harvest coming. Environment organization WWF is helping farmers in two pilot areas to find alternatives in cultivating maize, in the hope of halting the destruction of the local ecosystem.

A film by Florian Nusch

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06:05 Minutes

Date of publication
2018

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Establish Sustainable Consumption and Production - a South-South Transfer (“SCP South-South”)

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