Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Upcoming Seminar: How Thai Farmers Reframe Health Risk in Contexts of Chemical Use in Fruit Production


"I’m More Afraid of Having Nothing to Eat: How Thai Farmers Reframe Health Risk in Contexts of Chemical Use in Fruit Production"


Speaker: Chingchai METHAPHAT, PhD, MPH
Department of Health Education, Faculty of Public Health
Burapha University, Thailand

Time: 12:30 p.m., Friday, 1 March 2013
Venue: Room 401 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK

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Based on an ethnographic fieldwork in a Thai fruit production community, I explore risks in the everyday life among fruit farmers. Instead of viewing farmers’ behaviors as evidencing ignorance of chemical risks or demonstrating non-compliance to the advice given by health professionals on chemical protection, I argue that the use of chemical pesticides among fruit farmers is shaped and informed by both local understandings and beliefs about how to minimize health risks of chemicals, and by their sense of how best to reduce their economic risks.


ALL INTERESTED ARE WELCOME
Feel free to bring your box lunch or sandwich to eat during the talk

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