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01Episode 1 - Discovery20100203

Little known Vietnam fact. It is the second largest coffee producer in the world.

Explorations in the world of science.

Outside the business, it’s a little known fact that Vietnam has become a giant in the global coffee industry. In the past 15 years, Vietnam’s annual exports have rocketed, making the traditionally tea-drinking nation the second largest coffee exporter in the world after Brazil. The country’s coffee farmers are responsible for a quarter of all the instant coffee drunk around the world. This week’s Discovery follows the journey of the Vietnamese coffee bean from the highland plantations to processing plants of Ho Chi Minh City, and charts Vietnam’s meteoric rise in the global coffee business.

This programme is a co-production between the BBC World Service and ABC Radio National.

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How Thailand exports half a million tonnes of shrimp each year.

Explorations in the world of science.

Every year Thailand exports a weight of shrimp equal to one thousand jumbo jets – making it the world’s leading exporter of prawns. Almost of all of this shrimp is farmed in ponds. In Thailand as elsewhere, such intensive production has caused a range of environmental problems. ‘Discovery’ looks at how the Thai authorities have tackled the issues and some of the challenges that remain.

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