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Self-sufficiency 'out of reach for poor'

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The self-sufficiency philosophy advocated by His Majesty the King has turned into a middle-class dream, as grass-roots people are increasingly being gobbled up by the market economy, say local and foreign experts. 

Chamroon Suaydee, a representative of environmental group the Eastern People's Network, said that, unlike Thailand's 10 million middle-class citizens, the poor have been stripped of resources to cultivate a self-sufficient lifestyle and are starting to doubt that they will ever find what is considered "enough".

"We have been talking about [the concept] for a long time, but it hasn't been happening," said Mr Chamroon.

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