Southeast Asia Globe magazine, May 2017, Cambodia’s pesticide addiction plagues efforts to expand organic farming

Farming without chemicals can bring huge benefits to both producer and consumer, but it’s a hard sell in Cambodia, where poverty is preventing large swathes of the rural population from investing in an organic future

Dotted with cafés and bars that wouldn’t look out of place in Melbourne or Berlin, the BKK 1 neighbourhood in central Phnom Penh remains a bourgeois bubble even in Cambodia’s quickly gentrifying capital. So the fact that four organic supermarkets can be found in as many blocks here does not necessarily mean that the organic industry in Cambodia is booming. However, rising incomes and growing dietary awareness are pointing the way toward a more nutritious future. … Read more

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