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Govt plan to build more sugar factories poses threat to environment, says expert

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Thai do not give a xxxt!

 

Whilst other nations are addressing global warming, Thailand continue to pollute and get away with it!!

 

Thai do what the xxxk they like and careless about the impact they force onto others plus your and my home, namely this planet.

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On 1/26/2020 at 7:01 AM, bluesofa said:

Not forgetting the threat to the population's health by increasing sugar consumption.

I can't really believe this:

 

Yes indeed, possible increase in obesity among the younger generation and resulting increases in Type 2 Diabetes!

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4 minutes ago, Burma Bill said:

Yes indeed, possible increase in obesity among the younger generation and resulting increases in Type 2 Diabetes!

"Per capita and on average, a Thai individual consumes up to 20% of total energy from added free sugar."

source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28422120

 

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On 1/26/2020 at 6:45 AM, rooster59 said:

The government’s plan to build another 28 sugar factories with biomass power plants and one bio-hub in the northeastern region will make the situation more severe because the government has to expand the sugarcane plantation area of 7.75 million rai to increase production.

Some things don't "add up."

Global sugar surplus and high baht value have held Thai exports flat.

  • So to the farmer, the only reason to increase production in the near term is to feed biomass power plants that would consume the surplus and likely have to pay farmers a sustainable income - government subsidies required for farmer to get above market price (similar to Prayut's rubber pledge program)?

Then let's say the global surplus dissipates and the baht depreciates to justify an increase in sugar exports. As a result, the Thai increased sugar crops become surplus domestically and are instead exported for the higher global prices.

  • The biomass plant that relied on increased domestic supply loses its fuel source - plant shuts down and investors (agricultural communities included?) lose their equity and possibly burdened with unsustainable debt.

In a free enterprise market, if an enterprise such as a biomass power plant can be sustained in a free marketplace,  the government needn't have/shouldn't have any involvement in the capitalization and operation of the biomass power plants; Thai taxpayers needn't be put at risk.

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