Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Brown rice pushed as centerpiece of organic agriculture.
Compare the nutrients of brown and white rice in the table above. You'll see that brown rice is more nutritious and healthy for your body.
Brown or unpolished rice has become the center of a campaign by organic farming advocates that seeks to ensure health and nutrition security, and in support of a government campaign for the efficient production and consumption of unpolished rice.
Roland Cabigas, managing director of La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga) and a convener of Go Organic! Philippines, said a change in the way “we do agriculture in the Philippines is necessary to veer away from the harmful effects of excessive use of agrochemicals.”
“A change in the lifestyle and preference of the Filipino people, such as their eating habit, will be crucial in addressing the challenge of food self-sufficiency and security,” Cabigas said.
The cultivation of organic rice varieties, for instance, will help boost food production as it does not require too much capital. In conventional farming, farmers need to buy expensive chemicals to boost plant growth and ensure high yield.
Organic rice varieties, cultivated using organic fertilizers which farmers can source from their farms and easily produce, will allow farmers with very little capital to do business, he told the BusinessMirror in an interview.
La Liga and Go Organic! issued a statement supporting Agriculture Secretary Proceso T. Alcala’s initiative to promote the production of brown rice in Northern Luzon as well as its consumption by the general public.
The country’s food czar said production of brown rice, instead of well-milled rice, will boost productivity and help reduce the country’s dependence on imported well-milled rice, Cabigas noted.
In encouraging Northern Luzon farmers to produce more brown rice, the DA chief said producing brown rice will help reduce losses in the milling of palay by approximately 10 percent to 20 percent.
Processing palay into well-milled white grains requires large amounts of fuel and equipment, and machines occasionally damage the grains, he said. This is not the case for unpolished rice which requires a less extensive milling process, he said.
The recovery process for well-milled rice is only 65 percent while in unpolished or brown rice, it is 75 percent to 85 percent. The difference of 20 percent will spell a big difference when it comes to reducing the demand-supply gap for rice.
La Liga and Go Organic! Philippines are aggressively promoting organic farming in the Philippines and supports the cultivation of organic rice varieties.
“Unlike hybrid rice varieties, organic rice varieties do not easily spoil and are healthier, especially when they are under-milled,” Cabigas said.
Brown rice is under-milled rice, in that the husk, germ and bran layers have only been partially removed.
Experts say that brown rice is rich in fibers, and helps control blood sugar and cholesterol. It is said to be a body building food and beneficial for stomach, and intestinal ulcers and for diarrhea.
Brown rice is easily digested starch food. Because of the mineral content, it supplies important nutrient for the hair, teeth, nails, muscles and bones.
By Business Mirror
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