In our home (that’s 2 people and our pet vacuum cleaner), our pantry is normally stocked with brown rice. Even before we got hitched, brown rice was already a staple in the Laurel household so I sort of carried it over when Patrick and I moved into our own home. I haven’t completely banned white rice from my diet, we still eat white rice from time to time when we dine out. And yes, a ball of sticky white rice is still the perfect sidekick to my favorite crispy Chickenjoy! hehehe
But upon reading about the physical, social and economic benefits of eating brown rice—I decided to be an active brown rice supporter. I’m not asking you to become that annoying person who blocklists all restaurants that don’t serve brown rice, that would be counterproductive really. What I hope to encourage is a new attitude towards eating rice, to see rice as a source of nourishment and not just your carb buffer para di ka maumay sa ulam. I urge everyone to invest in good quality, nutritious, and LOCAL brown rice products for your own households. So why brown rice??? Here’s some helpful info from our friends at Oxfam:
In 2010, the Philippines became the biggest net importer of rice – a far cry from when it was Asia’s rice bowl. The ballooning population, rice wastage, and shrinking agricultural productivity are some of the factors which have brought this sad state of affairs. Shifting to brown or unpolished rice, on top of more government investments in sustainable agriculture, is one of the solutions to achieving rice self-sufficiency.
Consuming brown rice has benefits both for consumers and producers. Brown rice is a healthier product, with more complex carbohydrates and vitamins than well-milled rice. The milling of brown rice has less wastage (65% compared to 75% for white rice), and increased production would mean increased tonnage of locally available rice. Brown rice is also mainly grown by farmer-owned cooperatives that practice organic farming. More demand can mean more income for organic small producers and rallying more people behind agroecological or sustainable approaches to rice farming.