The monthly forum to “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” of different views and opinions as well as bits of information to create one big picture for better understanding in the society
In times when society has become widened with gaps and differences of views and opinions, one issue could be escalated into a crisis if there are no platforms available for appropriate discussion among all concerned.
The media, while informing and inspiring their audience, could also take an educating and facilitating role to serve such a purpose, acting as a bridge and helping connect the dots into one big picture.
In collaboration with its partners and with the support of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Thailand Office), Bangkok Tribune News Agency has come up with a monthly forum on issues of importance, under the project, “Dialogue Forum”.
This is to facilitate and provide a space for discussions and exchanges of dialogues and views on issues of importance especially in regard to social and environmental issues both in Thailand and the Mekong region, thus not only helping connect the dots, but also forging understanding among the public and the parties concerned, encouraging them to find a common ground and seek solutions together.
Since late last year, Thailand has been seen seriously moving towards the “safe and clean” state of its Kitchen of the World, the country’s flagship farm policy with an ambition to feed the world’s populations with its farming capacity, as the government decided to limit and ban uses of three farm chemicals most widely used in the country’s farm sector; be they Glyphosate, Paraquat, and Chlorpylifos, the herbicides and pesticide.
This has resulted in the ban on uses, sales, as well as imports of the chemicals to the country, starting from June 1 onwards, with the deadline to clear all stocks in the market, worth billions of baht, set at the end of this month.
However, the matter has not finished just there as pro-farm chemicals groups, as well as some giant agro-business firms, have not given up. They have recently filed complaints to the Administrative Court, asking it to revoke the ban.
Such moves have brought a new challenge to the country’s efforts in banning farm chemicals found hazardous to public health as well as the environment, as there are also benefits and losses for pro-chemical farmers and these multinational agro-business firms at stake.
How the moves will shake the government’s determination as well as its ambition to gear the country towards food and farm safety as well as the ”safe and clean” Kitchen of the World, and how such the policies could be materialised and sustainable in a long term are all a challenge worth discussing.
The Dialogue Forum, therefore, would cordially like to invite you to explore the sustainable path for the country’s food and farm safety and security, which are one of the most challenging farm policies of the country in this challenging time in its Dialogue Forum 6: A Ban on Toxic Farm Chemicals: Thailand’s long road to food safety and the “(safe) Kitchen of the World” at SEA-Junction 408, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, on September 30, 2020 (10.00 am-12.30 pm)
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• To develop and introduce a new body of knowledge and innovation in regard to the independent, in-depth media to the public (Indie & In-depth)
• To empower public members to be able to keep up with any developments as well as repercussions in the society, as well as the role of the media in helping shape the society (Empowering)
• To promote participation in the development of such an innovative and independent media so that it can remain open and accessible to all (Open & Accessible)
• Thai Society of Environmental Journalists
• Project SEVANA South-East Asia
• Bangkok Tribune News Agency
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Thailand Office)
Indie • in-depth online news agency to “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” with critical and constructive minds on development and environmental policies in Thailand and the Mekong region; to deliver meaningful messages and create a big picture critical to public understanding and decisions, thus truly serving the public interest.