Myanmar’s edible bird nest industry comes home to roost

The cries of amorous swiftlets echo around the dark room, an unlikely gold mine for traders in southern Myanmar who are cashing in on rising demand for the edible nests from China’s growing middle class. Dozens of buildings dedicated to the tiny birds have sprung up around Bokpyin in recent years, their grey concrete structures […]

Rare algae farms grow as harvests drop off

Spirulina has been harvested from Twin Daung lake in Sagaing’s Bu Ta Lin township for over a decade, but climate change and diverted rivers are being blamed for the drop-off in natural production. “The quality and effect of natural spirulina and artificially-created spirulina might not be exactly the same, but it won’t be much different […]