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Astra Zeneca Death
Herbicide Paraquat Astra Zeneca/Monsanto
Akha workers - Thai farms
Another Akha sprays it on the weeds.
Commerical flower farms for Chiangrai and Chiangmai market demand never lets the buyers know what the cost is to the environment and workers. In this region there are many poor hill tribe people who need work. A beautiful rice terrace was rented, plowed under, and bamboo poles were pulled from the mountains straining the bamboo environement. Workers labor inside the sealed plastic with pesticide being sprayed daily, and no protection. The soil becomes a sponge for hundreds of gallons of pesticide and herbicide till it will be too toxic to touch. The entire operation is next to the river that runs to Haen Taek. Abusing the environment and the workers, the owner thinks only of profit. The Thai government says nothing.
Chemicals are mixed near the creeks and canals, surplus spilling in the water, containers rinsed clean, back pack tanks leaking onto the body and into the clothes. Even women have to do this job. Later heading home with their baby on the very spot of clothes on their back where the tank leaked all day.
Astra Zeneca came to Thailand at our request. Paid money to help protect wells, but did not answer the greater issue of the chemical being too toxic to be sold.
Having learned such practices at work for others, Akha's bring the chemicals home to help "save time".
In addition to Zeneca there are a host of other western countries selling their toxins to the third world, Bayer sells Hedonal and has a factory in Bangkok, just to mention one.
Monsanto's pesticide containers can be found in Akha villages, brought home from the job where they must spray it in Thai lychee orchards and on other fruit including oranges which are being planted in many mountain areas near Akha villages.
While the Akha are told that there is not ENOUGH LAND for THEM to farm, there is plenty of land for other people to recklessly abuse.
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