SEOUL: South Korea said Wednesday it will send 50,000 tonnes of rice to North Korea via the World Food Programme to help the country cope with a severe food shortage. The isolated, impoverished North — which is under several sets of sanctions over its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes — has long struggled to feed itself and suffers chronic food shortages. “The government cannot ignore the plight among North Korean people,“ said Seoul’s unification ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations. It will be the first time the South has provided food aid to the North since 2010, when it sent 5,000 tonnes of rice across the border. It comes after a joint report last month by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and WFP that said about 10.1 million North Koreans — 40% of the population — were suffering from severe food shortages and that conditions could be exacerbated in the absence of aid. The North’s state media … [Read more...] about South Korea to send 50,000 tonnes of rice to North
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Can eating rice prevent obesity? Contrary to the stigma against carbs’ effect on good health, a recent study using data from over 130 countries concluded that eating more rice might protect against obesity. You are what you eat, as the old adage goes. While this figure of speech can be interpreted many different ways, science actually backs this one up. The western and eastern diets are very different. Each nation and region has their own delicacies and specialties, but one commonality among most countries in Europe versus Asia is our staple carbs. They eat mostly potatoes, wheat or corn, while we eat mostly rice. Rice is typically served with all main meals across most Asian households. In fact, rice is such an important part of meals in China that fan, the word for rice, is included in breakfast, lunch and dinner. What are the implications of this? Contrary to the stigma against carbs’ effect on good health, a recent study using data from … [Read more...] about Can eating rice prevent obesity?
“We don’t want these plants. We stand firm and will protect our rights to shape our own future and participate in the formation of the state policy,” local groups said in a joint statement yesterday as the project’s owner went ahead with a crucial public forum. Backing the statement were the Thung Kula Rice Farmers Group, Organic Rice Farmers of Tambon None Sawan, Cattle Group of Ban Hong Hae, Ban Nam Kham Forest Conservation Group, Silk Worm Growers of Tambon None Sawan, Organic Rice Farmers of Tambon Sa Bua, Pathumrat Conservation Group and three others. Together, they announced that they will reject the results of any public consultation organised to support the project, which is being planned by Banpong Sugar Co Ltd. “We don’t accept them now and will not accept them in the future,” the groups said. “We will keep fighting to choose the production methods we want and will protect the environment so it supports our way of … [Read more...] about Locals unite to stop projects in heart of famous rice zone
The price of rice at retail outlets is dropping, which is making consumers happy — and which perhaps helped the current administration get the landslide votes to support its slate. On the other hand, rice farmers are bewildered as farm gate prices for palay keep dropping week after week, now already close to 10 percent lower than its price a year ago. Speculation is largely to blame as ramifications of the Rice Tariffication Law signed last February have started sinking in not just among the ranks of traders and other industry stakeholders, but also among rice farmers too. It is not surprising to hear news of more rice farmers seeking part time jobs in other sectors. After all, when there is little or no money left from selling palay to feed their family until the next harvest and to buy seeds for the next planting season, leaving the land is a no-brainer. While this may seem to be a temporary measure to survive, the threat of more rice farmers abandoning their fields for good is … [Read more...] about Questions as the new rice regime begins
(Reuters Health) - Drinking water that is contaminated with even moderate levels of arsenic may lead to harmful thickening of the heart's main chamber walls, a new U.S. study suggests.Researchers who analyzed arsenic levels from more than 1,000 adults under the age of 50 found the risk of heart thickening over the next roughly five years was significantly higher in those with the highest exposure to the toxin, according to the report published in Circulation."It's important for the general public to be aware that arsenic can be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease," said the study's lead author, Dr. Gernot Pichler, a medical specialist in internal medicine in the department of cardiology at Hospital Hietzing/Heart Center Clinic Floridsdorf in Vienna. "Potential sources of exposure need to be considered, in particular for people drinking water from private wells. Private wells are currently not regulated and people using private wells, including children and young adults, are not … [Read more...] about Arsenic exposure linked to heart thickening