The Thai CDD has launched a campaign to encourage the local community to start planting their own food in their backyards – the ’Back-yard Vegetable Gardening Project’! The aim is to grow the nation’s food security during the pandemic and into the looming economic hardship, using a plant-based, home grown food culture. The recently launched facebook group ‘ปลูกพืช ปลูกผัก ปลูกรัก กับ พช’ (Plant Vegetables, Grow Vegetables, Grow With Love’) encourages Thais, especially the younger generation, to share their gardening tips, knowledge, stories and pictures.
Although the group only launched 5 weeks ago, it already has thousands of posts and almost 20,000 members. The project aims to have 11,811,124 households utilising their land space by planting their own food by 30 June 2020. If this goal is met, the amount of land space saved would be substantial, leaving more space for nature to recover.
…it will also go a long way in helping the younger generation with environmental regeneration in the future.
This is a great step from the Thai government towards building a more sustainable food system centred around plants and encouraging people to rely more on plant foods rather than animal-based foods. Not only will this help with Thailand’s food security and save the nation millions of baht in food expenses annually, it will also go a long way in helping the younger generation with environmental regeneration in the future.
The campaign even has Thai government officials joining in, with many already planting in their own gardens and balconies.