By: Caitlin Lemmon and Mariah Hartle
Water is a very important resource for the people in Thailand. With a population of over 68 million people, things such as urbanization and industrial expansion are impacting water quality for the Thais. Untreated waste, from growing industries have been steadily increasing in the water. Because of this their main source of income, agriculture is being strongly affected. Many farmers have not been properly taught how to conserve their water use when they plant their crops, therefore much of the water available is being wasted. If a proper solution was implanted for these farmers, and waste was cleaned from the drinking water, this crisis could be solved quickly.(Suwal, 1) Continue reading Water Issues in Thailand
By: Carson Chambers and Zoe Sirivejachipan
Since we’ve been in Thailand, we’ve experienced a wide array of subcultures within the country. Within each unique area, we have been exposed to a variety of subtle differences and similarities. All humans have to deal with the not-so-glamorous issue of waste – what do we qualify as waste? How do we dispose of it? How will it affect one’s culture and environment? So far we’ve been to two different rural villages, the big city of Bangkok and a tourist island and how waste is dealt with.
I first started to notice the differences in how the people of Kalasin deal with trash after breakfast on our first day. We (the Westminster crew) ate, left some trash scattered around, piled our plates with plenty of leftover food scraps, and started talking about plans for the day. But what was going to happen to the plastic bottles, left over scrambled egg and oatmeal packets? In the United States, once our trash is in a garbage can, it’s taken care of and out of our lives. But what about in Kalasin where there are no landfills, garbage trucks or recycling centers?
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By Katie Jobst and Victoria Valencia
Our adventure in Thailand has brought us many encounters. Specifically, we have had diverse interactions with many animals that we would not be able to see in Utah. Some were in a natural setting; others were in captivity, or even roaming free along city streets. Each experience brought forth a range of emotions. Connecting with animals enriched the cultural experience of the trip.
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By: Carson Chambers and Alexa Ferdig
Fringed with rich aquatic biodiversity both along shores and inland fresh waterways, Thailand’s marine life plays an integral role in Thai society. The farming of marine species including shrimp, prawns, muscles, finfish and cockles is a major aspect to the economy and culture of Thailand. Salt water (brackish) aquaculture accounts for approximately $1.46 billion of Thailand’s global exports and creates 662,000 jobs (Pongsri, C., & Sukumasavin, N., 2005). Freshwater aquaculture provides vast amounts of food for the local population and contributes to ancient customs and traditional cuisine.
Continue reading Aquaculture in Thailand: Economic Pressures versus Ecological Health