For nine consecutive years, the Thai Health Working Group has been
issuing annual reports containing academic information on health
in its physical, mental, social, wisdom and cultural dimension. This
latest report, Thai Health 2012, focuses on food security so as to
reflect the ongoing insecurity in the global food market which
continues to experience many crises arising from toxic residue
to price hikes and increasing food shortages. These food related
problems are intensifying and deepening such that the general
public is increasingly worried and concerned about the safety and
quality of their lives.
The main section of this report discusses the different aspects of food security. Food security is defined as access for consumption by the population to available and adequate food with safety and age appropriate nutritional values for wellbeing as well as to ensure a secure food production system which supports and maintains ecological balance and the countrys natural food resource base in normal times as well as during natural disasters and/or in case of terrorism threats against food supplies.
This discussion article aims to shake Thai society from its position of complacency regarding food issues so as to ensure the society begins to take steps to ensure Thailands food security, with policy awareness that locally produced food should serve, first and foremost, the Thai people. Although food security is a recurring issue which has caused significant challenges in the past, it is now time to raise awareness at a national level to ensure effective policy making and concrete measures to prepare for future food crises. Debunking the myth of fertility and food security, this report aims to project the real situation where, as the Thai populer saying, Money is illusory, food is tangible.
|Prepared by||Institute for Population and Social Research , Mahidol University|
|Supported by||Thai Health Promotion Foundation
The National Health Commission office