SLIDE SHOW: Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food

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Bennett Haynes, 24, has worked for AAN for over a year in this corner of Northeastern Thailand.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Jarrett Wrisley

A pot of sticky rice, steaming over a wood fire.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Jarrett Wrisley

Another practice that the AAN and many other agricultural organizations are trying to do away with in Thailand is the burning of rice straw in the dry season. I passed this field, and this burning palm, on the way to Nong Yang.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Jarrett Wrisley


A typical farmhouse on the outskirts of Nong Yang, in Yasothorn Province, Thailand.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Jarrett Wrisley

This farmer moved back home from Bangkok to farm dragon fruit—the fruit-producing cactus he's holding—organically. His family also teaches other farmers how to wean themselves off of pesticides and herbicides.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Jarrett Wrisley

Du Lang is a devout Buddhist and a professorial organic farmer and seed researcher. He grows about 170 varieties of rice.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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A germinated kernel of rice.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Baby frogs that will later be released into the paddies to be raised as food and control insects. Catfish also thrive in paddies, in the absence of chemicals.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Jarrett Wrisley


Du Lang's first crop this year.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Different strains of last year's crop on display.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Cucumbers being sorted for what Du Lang calls "country genetic" research.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Our delicious meal of free range chicken, young jackfruit salad, mangoes, and baskets of sticky rice.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Jarrett Wrisley

The end.


Jarrett Wrisley profiles the rice farmers who are pushing for a return to tradition in
Thailand's Other Protests: Pro-Sustainable Food.

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Jarrett Wrisley hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania. For the past seven years, he's been working as a writer in Asia, though he still dreams of greasy cheese steaks. More

Jarrett Wrisley hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania. For the past seven years, he's been working as a writer in Asia, though he still dreams of (and occasionally returns for) greasy cheese steaks. Jarrett's first trip to Asia came as a college student, when he traveled to Beijing to study Mandarin Chinese. He returned to China after graduation, and began writing about Chinese food in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. After a six-month stint in Chengdu, he moved on to Shanghai, where he worked as a food critic and magazine editor for four years before striking out on his own. After six years in China, he recently moved to Bangkok, where yellow-clad protesters immediately shut down the airport where he had just landed. Luckily for him, he couldn't leave—and now intends to stay. Jarrett is presently working on a series of modern Chinese cookbooks with Hong Kong chef Jereme Leung and writing features that focus on food and culture in Asia. He'll be bouncing around the region as much as possible and writing about things he encounters along the way. His blog trains an eye on food but addresses other cultural phenomena, tidbits of travel, and the oddball politics of East Asia.
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