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Laos' banana boom, a blessing and a curse
A Chinese-driven banana boom has left few locals in Laos untouched, but not everyone is smiling. Experts say the Chinese have brought jobs and higher wages to northern Laos, but have also drenched plantations with pesticides and other chemicals.
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AEA
May 12, 2017
A worker plunges bananas into a chemical bath at a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A worker plunges bananas into a chemical bath at a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo, Laos April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AEQ
May 12, 2017
Kongkaew Vonusak, who rents his land to a Chinese banana company stands outside his house in the province...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
Kongkaew Vonusak, who rents his land to a Chinese banana company stands outside his house in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADO
May 12, 2017
On Keo Wa, 25, carries her 9-month-old baby while working at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
On Keo Wa, 25, carries her 9-month-old baby while working at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16A6A
May 12, 2017
A woman waits to deliver her harvest at a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A woman waits to deliver her harvest at a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADZ
May 12, 2017
A banana plantation worker cries as he sits inside his shack during a day off at a plantation operated...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A banana plantation worker cries as he sits inside his shack during a day off at a plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AF7
May 12, 2017
A worker walks through a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A worker walks through a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADV
May 12, 2017
A worker pushes bananas along a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A worker pushes bananas along a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AF2
May 12, 2017
A worker waits to deliver his harvest at a packing line inside a banana plantation operated by a Chinese...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A worker waits to deliver his harvest at a packing line inside a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADN
May 12, 2017
A woman puts leftover bananas in a cart next to a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A woman puts leftover bananas in a cart next to a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADT
May 12, 2017
A man prepares pesticide before spaying it at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A man prepares pesticide before spaying it at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AFD
May 12, 2017
Workers wash bananas in a packing line inside a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
Workers wash bananas in a packing line inside a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo, Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADP
May 12, 2017
A worker pauses to drink water while harvesting at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A worker pauses to drink water while harvesting at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADU
May 12, 2017
The daughter of a banana plantation worker swings outside her home at a plantation operated by a Chinese...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
The daughter of a banana plantation worker swings outside her home at a plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AET
May 12, 2017
Zhang Jianjun, 40, co-owner of the Lei Lin banana plantation sits outside his house at a plantation in...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
Zhang Jianjun, 40, co-owner of the Lei Lin banana plantation sits outside his house at a plantation in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADL
May 12, 2017
A banana plantation worker holds food in her hand during a day off at a plantation operated by a Chinese...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A banana plantation worker holds food in her hand during a day off at a plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AER
May 12, 2017
Workers select bananas in a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
Workers select bananas in a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo, Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AEP
May 12, 2017
Children play next to a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
Children play next to a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADW
May 12, 2017
A worker drives through a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A worker drives through a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADQ
May 12, 2017
A worker pauses while harvesting bananas at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A worker pauses while harvesting bananas at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADH
May 12, 2017
A packing area is seen after a job at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A packing area is seen after a job at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16A6D
May 12, 2017
A woman waits to deliver her harvest in a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company...
BOKEO, Laos
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse
A woman waits to deliver her harvest in a packing line at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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