Agriculture, Food and Beverage

Rice is both a victim and a villain in terms of the climate crisis. Here’s why

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The demand for rice has been consistently rising alongside population growth. Image: Unsplash/th3sand7

Charlotte Edmond
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Statistic showing the major rice exporting countries, worldwide.
India is the primary exporter of rice. Image: Statista

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We are entering a period of rice shortage, while a food supply crisis is considered the fourth biggest risk for 2023. Image: World Economic Forum
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Heavy fertilizer use and gases emitted as part of the harvesting process make rice a significant source of greenhouse gases. Image: World Bank

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Some countries are looking to shift away from intensive rice farming in order to reduce emissions. Image: Statista

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