Photo: Mark Robertson
By:Â Dylan Rodgers
One of the most influential foods in human history is also one of the smallest: rice.Â Due to recent flooding in South East Asia their most important economic and nutritional element is threatened.Â An estimated 12.5 percent of farmland in Thailand has been damaged, along with 6 percent in the Philippines, 12 percent in Cambodia, and 7.5 percent in Laos.
To put these numbers into perspective, in 2007 Thailand produced some 30 million tons of rice.Â If they were going to harvest roughly the same amount this year, they will have possibly lost 3,360,000 tons of rice.Â That is a huge number considering the average person eats roughly 300 pounds of rice a year.
But for these countries, this isn’t simply a food shortage; it’s a huge economic loss as well.Â Read More