FOOD TRENDS

IDLE TAXIS USED TO GROW FOOD FOR OUT-OF-WORK DRIVERS-THAILAND

In a car park in the Thai capital Bangkok, green shoots sprout from the roofs of colorful taxis. Thailand’s tough Covid-19 restrictions have left the city’s hectic streets quiet, putting taxi drivers out of work. As fares dried up, many drivers left the city for their home villages, leaving so-called taxi graveyards behind. Now, one company has decided to use the roofs of the idle vehicles as small vegetable plots, which they hope can help to feed out-of-work drivers and other employees. The taxi trade in Bangkok normally relies heavily on tourism but tight restrictions on entering the country means it has almost come to a standstill. “This is our last option,” Thapakorn Assawalertkun, one of the company owners, told, adding that many of the vehicles still had large loans outstanding on them. “Growing vegetables on top of the roofs won’t damage the taxis since most of them have already been damaged beyond repair. The engines are broken, tyres are flat. There’s nothing that could be done,” he said.