Feeding a Hungry Planet: Rice, Research, & Development in by James Lang

By James Lang

Rice is the foodstuff crop the area depends upon so much. In Feeding a Hungry Planet, James Lang demonstrates how examine has benefited rice growers and elevated creation. He describes the lifestyles cycle of a rice crop and explains how learn is carried out and the way the implications turn out transforming into in a farmer's box. targeting Asia and Latin the US, Lang explores lowland and upland rice structures, genetics, sustainable agriculture, and efforts to slim the space among yields at examine stations and people on operating farms. eventually says Lang, the power to feed becoming populations and shield fragile ecologies relies as a lot at the sustainable on-site farm applied sciences as on high-yielding crop forms. Lang perspectives agriculture as a sequence of occasions linking the farmer's box with the scientist's laboratory, and he argues that rice cultivation is formed via assorted social platforms, cultures, and environments. Describing study carried out via the overseas Rice examine Institute within the Philippines and through the overseas middle for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, he exhibits how nationwide courses tailor study to their very own creation difficulties. in line with Lang, the interplay of analysis courses, functional challenge fixing, and native extension efforts indicates a brand new version for overseas improvement.

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The end of July is the height of the monsoon season and the worst time in the Philippines for a vacation. Every cloud unleashes a torrent of rain, making the sturdiest umbrella useless. For rice, however, my timing was good. Rice is an emergent, water-loving plant. When the monsoons hit, it is time to prepare the fields and transplant rice seedlings into the paddies. Where the valley flatlands end, terraces begin, ascending gradually and gracefully up the hillsides in unbroken chains. Water for irrigation comes from streams diverted higher up and then fed to the fields.

They owned four hundred rice mills and Page 14 sixteen hundred warehouses with a total storage capacity of 850,000 tons of rice. The associations sold seed and agricultural supplies, including 400,000 tons of fertilizer. Finally, Taiwan had sixteen self-governing, farmer-led irrigation associations, which managed 21,000 miles of canals and ditches. Chandler considered Taiwan's irrigation system the best operated and maintained in Asia. 53 South Korea had worked on land reform and rice production since the mid-1950s.

In the sixteenth century, Italy's Lombard landlords expanded production by draining valley swamps and grading paddies. 22 In 1750, rice was grown in the New World, from Portuguese Brazil to Spanish Peru and English South Carolina. Brazilian production was in the tropical wetlands of Guanabara Bay near Rio de Janeiro and in the Amazon basin of Pará. 23Brazil is currently the top rice-growing country in the Americas, but its production has moved south to states with more temperate climates, particularly Rio Grande do Sul.

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