Air-quality data is critical to tackle Thailand’s annual air pollution crisis. But in Isaan, the country’s largest region, the problem remains invisible as most provinces have no pollution monitoring systems in place.
Modern farming is destroying traditional sources of nectar. Increasingly, beekeepers are becoming mobile, transporting their bees throughout Isaan and even to other regions in search of nectar.
Air pollution is nothing new in the Northeast, but it is getting more severe. The region has the largest sugarcane cultivation areas and the burning of sugarcane creates toxic dust particles. Yet, Isaan only has very few air quality monitoring stations.
Som tam, Isaan’s most popular dish, changed its taste when it was brought to Bangkok by labor migrants.
How sugar arrived in Southeast Asia and became so dominant within the Thai culture and economy.
How a peculiar grass called sugarcane evolved from once a spice into a type of “food,” and insinuated itself into our cultures and our waistlines.
Are the environmental costs of sugar production worth suffering for a substance that contributes nutrition-less empty calories to the human diet?
In the first part of our series on sweetness and power we provide a big-picture view of the historical rise and spread of sugar.
In this final part of our series on the tenth anniversary of the political violence of 2010 and its aftermath, we want to capture some of the comments and feedback we received from readers and contributors.