Eco-zealots set their sights on new key food source for 3.5 billion people

Environmental activists have recently begun targeting a new food source for their outrage, and several billion people might have something to say about it.

“Rice is to blame for around 10 percent of global emissions of methane, a gas that over two decades, traps about 80 times as much heat as carbon dioxide. Scientists say that if the world wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, rice cannot be ignored,” writes AFP.

Community notes attached to the tweet note that while rice as a crop is not necessarily the problem, it’s the way the fields are burned after harvest that is creating methane and CO2.

Rice serves as a key food source for many large countries in the world, and is a staple in the diets of “over 3.5 billion people,” according to National Geographic. This alone makes any conversation regarding changes in the way it is grown or harvested incredibly difficult.

“Rice is a food staple for more than 3.5 billion people around the world, particularly in Asia, Latin America, and parts of Africa. Rice has been cultivated in Asia for thousands of years,” reads the article. “Today, the world’s largest rice producers are China, India, and Indonesia. Outside of Asia, Brazil is the largest rice producer. Rice grows in warm, wet climates. It thrives in waterlogged soil, such as in the flood plains of Asian rivers like the Ganges and the Mekong. ‘Deepwater rice’ is a variety of rice that is adapted to deep flooding, and is grown in eastern Pakistan, Vietnam, and Burma.”

Twitter users were quick to respond:

Sierra Marlee

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