It is time to change the attitude and behavior of farmers and the farming industry, and those that turn their back on the issue of smoke pollution caused by agricultural-burning practices across Thailand.
Agricultural and forest land burning is now the main cause of respiratory illness and other smoke-related diseases leading to poor quality of life and shorter life expectancy.
Pollution-causing crop ‘burn-off’ farming practices helps farms meet their financial targets and ensures greater profits for the agricultural industry, but at what cost to human health?
Due to increasingly higher PM2.5 particle levels each year, we are now at a much higher risk of:
• Respiratory illness
• Smoke-related mental and physical illness, including depression
• Severe complications and even death from COVID19 infection
• Exacerbation of pre-existing conditions, leading to higher mortality rates