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BANGKOK 22 May 2019 11:34
jko

The real reason for burning the forests

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4 hours ago, Teak said:

Agreed, but it also clears the leaves and undergrowth so the young bamboo shoots can be harvested, as well as let you spot the scorpions and snakes better...It also make trails less slippery. However, years ago, walking off the mountain (Doi Pa Daeng) my brother in laws would randomly throw lit matches on either side of the trail, much to my concern, as I still have a teak house at the foot of the mountain. That was 30 years ago and it still goes on, and the house is still there. Quite impressive sight at night with the mountain ablaze. The winds take the fire uphill to barren rock and the fire ends. Like it or not, it is what they have always done....and may probably continue to do so. Possibly a new generation will change through education, rather than just repeat 'tradition'. However, forest food harvesting is still a vital part of seasonal survival in some rural areas. There is no way mountain fires can be reported or controlled which will have any effect. Added to this there is the knowledge that when the rains come, all will be clear again.

 

So what's their (your BILs) reason for throwing lit matches at the side of the trail all these years?   Not only them, but probably many of the thais as well.

 

Not blaming anyone, just curious to know....

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It's a good video, as far as it goes, the negatives of burning for outweigh the positives but there are other types of burning going on that it doesn't mention. In our area, which is all mountains, The majority of burning is agricultural.

People burn away new sections of the hillside so they can plant. Most of the burning here is for corn that goes to animal feed. But there are lots of other crops being tried recently since corn is not a money maker. There really isn't any other way to clear new land or land that has been left alone for years.  The animal feed industry is the reason for a lot of smoke. I do see some of the forest burning, the kind described in the video to clear the underbrush. But I would say that is only about 10 percent of the fires up here.

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Good video. Since it’s not always easy to know which mushroom species is being served, I plan to just give up all mushrooms in Thailand (don’t eat them terribly often anyway). But from the sounds of it it’s not local consumption but the Chinese demand that needs to be curbed somehow.

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All these problems seem to keep coming back to traditional Chinese medicine and just Chinese people wanting to eat wildlife and rare things.

 

Burning the forest and destroying the ecosystems, environment to get mushroom to sell to China.

 

Pangolins going extinct as they are smuggled over to China to be eaten.. same as tigers (for bones and skin), Rhino (for the horns) Asian beans for their bile, etc etc, etc...

 

Just read about a small dolphin that is going to go extinct only 10 left) because of them getting accidently caught in illegal nest used for illegal fishing of a critically endangered weird fish, which is caught for...…… Chinese traditional medicine.

 

There will be no hope for any wildlife or any stopping of the jungle here in Thailand if China does not stop this demand for their traditional medicine.

 

 

 

 

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