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  • Organic Food Movement In Thailand

    1. 1. open learning resource: Organic Food in Thailand contributors: Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Faculty of Architecture , THAILAND Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand
    2. 2. Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand <ul><li>Local grown vegetable and meat </li></ul><ul><li>Seasonal </li></ul><ul><li>Agro food materials </li></ul><ul><li>no frozen food </li></ul><ul><li>daily made food </li></ul><ul><li>Hygienic approach </li></ul><ul><li>Revision of vendors to secure quality and standard </li></ul>From the presentation on the food habits in the campus, there should be a notice that there is no evidence shown that raw materials and ingredients for cooking in these canteen were “organic”. However, this does not imply that food in campus is “not safe”.
    3. 3. Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand <ul><li>Health Foods </li></ul><ul><li>H ygienic Food </li></ul><ul><li>Organic Food </li></ul><ul><li>Pesticide-safe Food </li></ul><ul><li>Non- GMOs Food </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Safe Food’ project by Royal Projects or by the Department of Agriculture </li></ul>* From “Consumer perceptions of organic foods in Bangkok, Thailand”, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science? Several terms being used to describe healthy foods:
    4. 4. ‘ Organic’ food in Thailand Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand
    5. 5. Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand * From “Consumer perceptions of organic foods in Bangkok, Thailand”, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science? With increasing awareness of the severity of the domestic problem as well as increasing pressure by international trading partners to comply with international standards, the Thai government overhauled its approach to food safety. The Cabinet passed a ‘ Road Map of Food Safety ’, which serves as a framework for the control of food and agricultural products throughout the food chain. To communicate its new approach to consumers, the Cabinet declared the year 2004 ‘Thailand’s Food Safety Year’ ( Srithamma et al., 2005 ). Within this social and political environment, the demand for (really) safe foods is likely to increase . Indeed, highly publicized food safety incidents can lead to lasting changes in food purchasing behavior ( Buzby, 2001 ).
    6. 6. Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand “ The survey shows that respondents are convinced that organic farming is good for the environment and that organic foods are healthy.” According to a paper on “Consumer perceptions of organic foods in Bangkok, Thailand” ( http://www.sciencedirect.com/science)
    7. 7. Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand Certified food labels Certified by Oganizations Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand (ACT) National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives) Ministry of Public Health Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
    8. 8. Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand (ACT) IFOAM Accreditation & ISO Guide 65 สำนักงานมาตรฐานเกษตรอินทรีย์
    9. 9. Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand สำนักงานมาตรฐานเกษตรอินทรีย์ <ul><li>“ ACT is committed to support organic agriculture, a farming system in harmony of ecology without the use of synthetic chemicals and artificial fertilizers . However, to encourage organic farming, confidence among consumers is a critical factor. In order to succeed this commitment, the following organizational objectives are set up: </li></ul><ul><li>To build consumer confidence in organic products </li></ul><ul><li>To support and promote farmer engaging in organic farming </li></ul><ul><li>To raise awareness of consumers and farmers for their impacts on the environment </li></ul><ul><li>To set up an organic production and handling standards, and to provide inspection and certification services </li></ul><ul><li>To conduct other activities in support of organic agriculture movement within Thailand and overseas under the spirit of the above objectives” </li></ul>a private certification body accredited with IFOAM since 2001
    10. 10. Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand
    11. 11. Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand According to a survey in 2005: Consumers with a lower income and a lower level of education are least likely to have heard of organic agriculture. Conversely, those who have a higher income and hold an academic degree are more likely to have bought organic products in the past Also, there is a strong relationship between education level and income.: ‘organic buyers’ have a more monthly family income than the ‘non-buyers’ * From “Consumer perceptions of organic foods in Bangkok, Thailand”, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?
    12. 12. According to a survey conducted in Bangkok and outskirt area in 2005. More than a third of the 848 respondents reported having purchased organic vegetables or fruits in the past. The main reasons for purchasing organic products are that consumers expect them to be healthier, that organic products are environmentally friendly. The respondents who have bought organic vegetables tend to be older, have a higher education level and a higher family income than those who have not bought them. * From “Consumer perceptions of organic foods in Bangkok, Thailand”, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science? Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand
    13. 13. What people think about ‘Organic’ food Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand * From “Consumer perceptions of organic foods in Bangkok, Thailand”, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science? according to a survey with 848 respondents in 2005 *
    14. 14. * From “Consumer perceptions of organic foods in Bangkok, Thailand”, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science? Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand
    15. 15. * From “Consumer perceptions of organic foods in Bangkok, Thailand”, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science? Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand
    16. 16. * From “Consumer perceptions of organic foods in Bangkok, Thailand”, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science? Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand <ul><li>The ‘organic non-buyers’, i.e. those respondents who had not previously bought organic products (208 respondents, i.e. 39% of those who had heard of ‘organic’) were asked why they do not purchase organic products. The main reason was that they: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ don’t know what organic means ’ (51%) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ hygienic/safe is enough for me ’ (39%) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ they are too difficult to get ’ (39%) </li></ul><ul><li>they ‘ don’t think there is anything special about them which justifies a higher price ’ (30%) </li></ul><ul><li>organic food are ‘ too expensive ’ (29%) </li></ul><ul><li>they ‘ do not trust the label/do not think it is really organic’. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Food as part of holistic retreat Assistant Professor Sompit Moi Fusakul King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang / Faculty of Architecture/ Thailand Example: “ At Rasayana we specialize in high quality cleansing and detox programs, featuring colon hydrotherapy, herbal bowel cleansing, living raw foods , naturopathic support, and a fabulous selection of massages, reflexology, far infrared sauna and aromatherapy treatments. With our three locations you are bound to find the right setting for your cleansing experience in Thailand, whether you are in Bangkok, or longing for a more peaceful setting near the ocean in Pattaya or in our lovely compound in Bangplee that offers a very special flavor of Thailand.”

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