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i do. the first paragraph alone raised my eyebrows to the 7th floor. (i wish to chew this article point for point tomorrow. i'm way past bedtime now.) goodnight, tb netizens!
We Filipinos must learn to appreciate root crops which are more nutritious and delicious than rice.
Kamoteng kahoy. Mao ni himoon nga...
By Joe EspirituJagna-based WriterWhat caught our eye last week was a news item titled “Rice self sufficiency to be decided in the bedroom”. It brings us to the theory of Thomas Robert Malthus, an English economist ant political scientist who wrote the Essay on the Principle of Population in 1798. The essay states that the growth of population tends to increase faster than the supply of food. Some other economists rephrased the statement to read that population growth is inversely proportional to the increase of food supply. Which is rightly so.
i realized that the article was written some 5 years ago.has the writer changed his mind? i have no way of knowing. just the same, for purposes of discussion, here goes...
In the late 70's, this knowledge, irrigation and Green Revolution made us again self sufficient in rice. In fact we were exporting this cereal. Again nature took over. Now we are importing rice. The irony is that, in the late 60's and early 70's the Philippines had been teaching Thais, Burmese and other East Asian people how to grow rice. Now they are exporting tons and tons of it to us.
We have to increase our rice imports to feed the people.