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.
VIDEO: 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. pic.twitter.com/46GgkaGPgK
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) April 16, 2023
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:
If the alternative to eating rice is bugs and meat grown in a petri dish, then bring on the greenhouse gasses.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) April 17, 2023
Climate cultists will not be happy until most people starve to death.
— Spike Cohen (@RealSpikeCohen) April 17, 2023
You folks are nothing but a death cult. You won’t be happy until the Earth is driven to world war from starvation, inflation, and lost jobs. Not a single “scientist” listed here has stopped eating rice… or heating / cooling their home, or flying to their next conference.
— Douglas Karr (@douglaskarr) April 17, 2023
“Scientists” should come up with better solutions than starving half of the planet.
— Check Mark Prime (@PrimeCheckMark) April 16, 2023
I’m sure east Asian countries will be right on this
— Cheesetrader (@cheesetrader1) April 17, 2023
Yeah, eating is overrated and totally unnecessary.
— JWF (@JammieWF) April 17, 2023
— Andrew Palmer (@AndrewHMPalmer) April 16, 2023
Rice is a staple for poor and developing countries. The powers that be would rather eliminate those dependent on rice to push their climate cult grift.
— Aldous Huxley’s Ghost™ (@AF632) April 17, 2023
Next is wheat and then oxygen I bet
— John (@HeywoodJublomy) April 17, 2023
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