“I’m a vegetarian but I eat pork because I’m a fan of the pig,” said the 45-year-old, who prefers not to use the word “vegetarian.”
The first time she saw a pig was when she visited Thailand and saw a pork cutlet on a plate.
“It was so tasty,” she said.
“Nowadays, you can buy pork everywhere.
People come here and say, ‘Oh, I saw that.’
I just eat it.”
The popularity of vegetarian dishes has also led to a surge in imports, from pork, chicken, fish and shellfish, to produce like papaya and pineapple, and vegetables like cauliflower, radishes and carrots.
The influx has sparked an economic boom, with Thai producers churning out more than 100,000 tons of vegetables annually and a record 5.6 million tons of seafood, according to Thai State Statistics Office data.
Many of these imported vegetables are made by local Thai farmers, but some are imported from abroad, said Leng Shing Siang, head of the Department of Food Policy and Promotion at the National Institute of Agriculture and Food Science.
“They’re all coming from overseas,” he said.
A growing number of people, including young people, are also eating vegetarian or vegan diets.
In the past, the average age of vegetarian or veggie consumers was around 24, but it is now in the teens, according the National Dietetic Association, which certifies and certifies the diets of people under age 18.
In addition to meat, the government has also encouraged people to eat vegetables.
Thai vegetables are sold in stores, restaurants and supermarkets, but many people say they have trouble buying vegetables because of the high price tag.
Shen Phrae, a 30-year old vegetarian from Phuket who recently joined the Thai Vegetarian Federation, said she and her husband had to pay $10 for a small bundle of vegetables, and that they have to wait for them to arrive because the price of fresh produce is so high.
“It’s expensive to eat vegetarian, so I’m not going to buy vegetarian,” she told USA Today.
Many consumers are also wary about the health implications of eating animal products, like pork.
A recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that vegetarians and vegans were more likely to be overweight, and were at higher risk for developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), a U.N.-backed body, also estimates that a vegan diet may increase the risk of dying from any cause by 30 percent, according an article published by the organization in 2015.
On the other hand, a 2016 study by WHO found that a vegetarian diet reduced the risk for death by 15 percent compared to a vegetarian who ate a meat-based diet.
Although many of these health concerns are based on anecdotal information, the fact that many people have decided to change their diets may have some influence on the food industry’s sales.
Vegans often buy vegetables for themselves, but they often buy them at a higher price because they’re not aware of the health risks.
According to the World Bank, the price tag of imported vegetable products has jumped from about $5 per pound to $15 per pound, with most of that increase in the last decade.
Some people may not realize that they’re buying vegetables at a price higher than what they could buy in Thailand, but the quality of the product is important, according Leng.
He said the quality is important because people need to know how to prepare it.
This is not a simple matter of convenience, he said, “it’s a health issue.
You can’t just buy anything from the supermarket and expect to be satisfied.”
Thailand has been in a severe food shortage for decades.
Its population of more than 8.5 million people is about the size of Rhode Island, but in the past several decades, it has been struggling with a food crisis.
Food prices in the country have doubled since 2004 and the population has declined by about 6 million people, according a 2015 report by the United Nations World Food Program.
But the crisis has been exacerbated by the increasing number of suicides among Thai people.
Nearly two thirds of the nation’s population of 6.1 million people are aged between 15 and 24, and half of them have been diagnosed with some form of chronic illness, according data from the Ministry of Health.
About 10 percent of the country’s population is underweight, and an estimated 30 percent are overweight, according health officials.
Experts say the rising number of cases of heart disease and diabetes are linked to the increase in consumption of processed meat and processed dairy products.
One study, published last year in the Lancet, estimated that the increase was caused by a combination of the growing consumption of red meat, processed meat, eggs,