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The plastic tube is 40 cm long and 15 cm wide and there are tiny holes on all sides. It looks ordinary enough, but according to scientists, this humble tube could save up to 30 percent of water used in producing rice - a staple food for more than half the world's population and arguably the single biggest user of water on the planet.
Reuters (Aug. 20, 2013) The long-running debate over genetically modified rice in the Philippines has intensified, with farmers warning of damage to their livelihoods if so-called "Golden Rice" is allowed to be commercially ... watch video
AP (Oct. 29, 2014) California's drought is taking a bite out of the state's $5 billion rice industry, which supplies premium grains to nearly all U.S sushi restaurants. The drought is also affecting migratory birds ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Sep. 30, 2013) 80% of meals in Laos consist of rice, which is rich in calories but poor in nutrients. This one-sided diet creates a lack of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy development.
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Howdini (Mar. 22, 2013) Is your baby getting ready to start solid food? Want to feed your little one homemade brown rice cereal that tastes better and costs a lot less than anything you could buy in a box? Chef and author ... watch video
Howdini (Mar. 22, 2013) Looking for a quick dinner recipe that'll please the whole family? If you have a rice cooker (a great kitchen time saver), this recipe is going to change you and your kid's world! Chef and author ... watch video
AP (May 28, 2012) Fukushima farmers were taking steps to decontaminate the soil as they planted this year's rice crop, hoping and praying for a harvest that will clear radiation tests. ... watch video
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