Monday, December 11, 2017

11th December,2017 daily global regional local rice e-newsetter by riceplus magazine

What Every Parent Needs To Know About A New Infant Rice Cereal Arsenic Warning

Bridget Sharkey 
Dec 8, 2017  Top of Form
Parents, here’s an important story we all need to read. A new study found infant rice cereal has SIX times the level of arsenic as other grain products on our supermarket shelves.
The study was conducted by Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), an organization which is devoted to reducing the amount of harmful chemicals to which our babies and children are exposed. HBBF consists of an alliance of scientists, nonprofit organizations and donors who work to create initiatives that will measurably reduce little ones’ exposure to neurotoxic chemicals in the first thousand days of development.
According to HBBF’s findings, the average rice cereal contains 85 ppb (parts per billion) of arsenic. Now, this is an improvement over previous findings (Cereal tested by the FDA  in 2013-2014 revealed an average of 103 ppb).
However, the experts at HBBF say that these levels still present a risk which should not be tolerated by parents. Recent research proves arsenic can be highly toxic to the body even at low levels, and arsenic exposure can lead to everything from reduced brain development to lung, bladder and skin cancer.
The researchers tested over nine brands of popular infant rice cereal, including Gerber, Earth’s Best, BeechNut, HappyBABY. They discovered that one cup of this infant cereal contained more than TWICE the legal limit for arsenic in drinking water.
So what do they suggest? First, they say the FDA needs to change their proposed regulations when it comes to measuring arsenic in food. Currently, the FDA says rice cereal can contain 100 ppb of arsenic, which the HBBF and many other researchers believe is much too high. The experts at HBBF believe that infant rice cereal is doing serious damage to babies’ brains. In fact, they state:
“Infant rice cereal and other rice-based foods account for an estimated loss of 9.2 million IQ points among U.S. children ages 0-6, costing the country up to $18 billion annually in lost lifetime earnings (Abt 2017).”
Instead of rice cereal, many pediatricians are now suggesting parents turn to other grains which have lower levels of arsenic. This includes oatmeal and multi-grain cereals, including those that have rice as well as those that do not. As you can see from the graph below, these options have a much lower incidence of arsenic.
Read the full report here, and be sure to talk to your pediatrician about any concerns you have regarding your baby’s diet and development.

Business Insider: Finding solutions for farmers

Kali Kotoski | Publication date 11 December 2017 | 06:51 ICT
CEO Tommy Christensen photographed at his office last week in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan
While agricultural development for Cambodian farmers has largely been led by short-term NGO schemes delivering mixed results, Tommy Christensen, chairman and CEO of Green Country Development, believes that if the proper private sector model were implemented, farming in the Kingdom could be more profitable and sustainable. The Post’s Kali Kotoski sat down with him to discuss some of his ideas.
What is Green Country Development attempting to accomplish? 
In the seven years I have been in Cambodia, I have undertaken a number ventures, mainly trying to get my offshore bunker business for the oil and gas sector up and running. I came to the agricultural sector after I was invited to conduct a feasibility study that would increase irrigation and move water from the Tonle Sap river to dry land in Kampong Chhnang.
Working on that project, we saw that one intervention in the agricultural sector would not be enough to make a real impact, because we believe the NGO-led way is not sustainable. Also, a lot of NGO funding will end in the next couple of years. We need to optimise the whole supply chain. While there are a lot of people out there talking about supply chain management, they are not really doing much. We have been looking at specific schemes and have a five-year agreement with an international aid program.
How can the private sector help strengthen the agricultural economy? 
The most immediate thing farmers need is mobile banking services. There is absolutely no trust in the supply chain between millers and farmers, and there are valid reasons for this, as some farmers are unable to pay their bills. But to get all the players under one roof, we need to develop a centralised procurement scheme that facilitates orders under a farmer cooperative association.
What is a centralised procurement strategy? 
It is an initiative where we negotiate on behalf of farmers with buyers, so that buyers get the right product at the right price and farmers get an affordable interest rate. The National Bank of Cambodia put in an 18 percent annual interest rate cap, but I doubt that will work to lower rates for farmers.
If we have a centralised procurement strategy that acts as a financial clearing house, however, we can handle all transactions which will help lower the risks for financial institutions, farmers and millers. We would pay a deposit on all transactions to lower the interest rates, and would cap the interest rate at 10 percent per year. We would also facilitate farmers by ensuring they receive crop insurance and other mobile banking services.
What is the main problem in the supply chain? 
The problem here is that when farmers have high costs, they have to sell their harvests as soon as possible to pay off their debts. That has a lot to do with the lack of warehousing and drying facilities that are owned directly by farmers. Storage and drying are necessary here, but they need to be linked with handling the logistics for rice mills. We have two rice millers on board with us, and we hope to officially close those deals this week in order to push forward the centralised procurement plan.
Overall, the costs in the supply chain are too high today for Cambodia to be competitive, and the entire chain is also inefficient.
Where have you been approved to launch your project? 
The government has given us approval to operate in parts of Kampong Chhnang. Our international aid partner started a study there two weeks ago, because we want to be sure we’re operating in places where the success criteria for white rice are at their highest.
I still believe that our greatest challenge to overcome will be increasing the productivity of farmers and negotiating with rice millers. We need to get all parties to work together, and we can do that by encouraging more contract farming. While we have only been operating since May of this year, we have already gotten 1,200 farmers to start using mobile banking to help implement our centralised procurement plan.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Contact author: Kali Kotoski matters

 December 11, 2017

Rice producers in Sindh, who have been associated with cultivation practices for a long time, are raising questions about the nutritional value and quality of new food crops being floated in the market.
They consider rapidly changing technologies and unnecessary use of chemicals harmful, and reasons behind the deteriorating quality of products.
Qamaruddin Mahesar, a farmer and rice trader from Larkana said sugdasi rice, a kind of local basmati variety was disappearing and not being cultivated by most farmers. “A very few growers are now harvesting this variety using indigenous practices for their own consumption,” he said.
According to Mahesar, one of the major differences between old rice and the new varieties was the maintaining quality in mills. “Earlier varieties were easier to store throughout the year in open grounds. The new ones, however, cannot be stored on open grounds because of their inability to resists moisture, which pollutes and deteriorates the quality of the product,” he explained.
He also pointed out the aroma of basmati rice was also not the same now. Mahesar said in the past, when someone was cooking sugdasi at home, the aroma of the rice spread throughout the neighbourhood and everyone knew about the quality of the food.
“There can be no comparison in the quality of taste and nutrients with the newly introduced varieties,” he added.
The farmer and his family have been associated with paddy fields and rice trade for generations. In 1975, high-yielding varieties (HYVs) like Irri-6 were introduced in the fields that gave 40-50 maund/acre yields. Compared to that, these new hybrid varieties have capacity to give 80-100 maund/acre.
“Currently, rice is priced at Rs800/maund in raw form, whereas clean rice is at Rs1,200/maund,” he said, and added that farmers prefer the new varieties because of the yield phenomenon, which helps generate enough income.
Mushtaq Unar, a farmer from village Chibhir Unar, Taluka KN Shah, Dadu district, said this aromatic food specie sugdasi was almost removed from the area 20 years ago. “Our elders used to cultivate this variety, but now we cannot imagine doing the same.”
Unar now cultivates hybrid varieties of rice. About the uniqueness of indigenous sugdasi, he said it was popular due to its fragrance and taste. "We mainly produce rice for the market, and many of us do not consume the variety we produce. Instead, for our own consumption, we buy rice coming from other areas of the country,” he said.
There were two indigenous varieties called sugdasi and ratria. Sugdasi is popular in Kashmor, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Larkana, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Dadu, Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, etc. Ratria, on the other hand is mostly used for making flour, and holds the same importance in the region as sugdasi.
Farmers said some seed manufacturers were marketing the old sugdasi as a new variety D-98, which was quite different and did not match the original-indigenous aromatic variety.
Growers are adapting to different food varieties due to the changing consumption priorities of the market.
Rice is said to be the second major grain food crop, which brings foreign exchange through export.
Prof Ismail Kumbhar, a focal person of Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam and a researcher in the fields of agriculture, food security and water, said, “It should be a priority issue with the government institutions to conduct research for increasing the capacity of old food crop varieties.”
He advocated for promoting local seed varieties, which he said were more suited to the local climate and land. “We invest more on research on crop cultivation and seed production, mostly looking for opportunities to promote new varieties instead of local ones, which are suitable for our climate and land.”
Apart from the climate, these local varieties also were not as dependent on fertilisers and pesticides, compared to the new ones, the professor said. “Use of chemicals creates financial burden on produces, as the input costs go up.”
Sindh has only one major Rice Research Institute in Dokri, Larkana district and Sindh Agriculture Extension Department to see the possibilities of how to adopt the newly emerging technologies, and to encourage growers by promoting local varieties.
“Hardly a few landlords spare some land to produce the disappearing native sugdasi and ratria varieties that are valuable due to their suitability to our region.”
Prof Kumbhar said rice is a delta crop, which needs more water for its growth and to maintain productivity. “World over, the focus is on food crops with high nutritional value to fulfil human caloric needs.”
This is rice harvest season in the country. Sindh produces rice in Kashmor, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Larkana, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Dadu, Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, and parts of other districts.
As per some growers, they adopted the new varieties because they were told about higher yields compared to the native seeds after 2006-07. However, after years, they have realised the loss and many intend to revive the older varieties for cultivation.
Some researchers and farmers believe the change has come after Indus flood 2010, when these new varieties were gifted to farmers in the disaster-affected areas. Since then it has changed the entire scenario.
Altaf Mahesar of Basic Development Foundation claims to have established seed conservation models and seed banks by engaging agriculture experts and farmers for promoting local varieties, mainly rice, wheat and other food crops.
Talking about rice, he said unfortunately this aromatic specie was getting removed from the entire area. Their initiative aims to preserve its germplasm and extend its multiplication for higher yield to address food security issue. He said farmers presently were optimistic to revive the practice of seed conservation.
Gulab Shah, a grower from Keti Bunder, Indus Delta still recalls the red rice, popularly known after the coastal area, which the local people fondly consume as flour. Presently, it is cultivated in some places of the coastal zone and consumed locally.
The Indus delta itself has been known as a rice growing area, but seems to be losing the best ever food varieties.

Buhari Inaugurates Amarava Rice Mill In Kano, Says FG’s Agricultural Revolution On Course

As part of activities marking his official visit to Kano State, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), at the weekend inaugurated a new state-of-the-art 288 metric tonnes per day capacity Amarawa Rice Mill located at Amarawa Village, in Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
This is in fulfillment of what could be best described as a major boost to local rice production in the country’s quest to attain self-sufficiency in rice production and reduce importation of the commodity to the barest minimum by the Federal Government.
Owned and operated by Amarava Agro Processors Limited, a subsidiary of Fullmark Group, the new factory is the first made in Nigeria Rice Mill with all fabrications and installations of the factory made in Kano with almost 100 percent local content.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in his remarks during the inauguration of the factory, commended the management of Fullmark Group for its effort, which he noted is in line with the agricultural revolution of his government to reduce importation of rice by encouraging local farmers and investors.
The President noted that investment in Rice Mills would encourage and boost the confidence of the local rice farmers and a right step in the right direction in moving Nigeria closer to complete independent from importation of rice and improve food security across the country.
“Nigeria’s continued dependence on rice importation has put a strain on the economy as well as the nation’s food flow as a substantial amount of our foreign exchange goes into rice importation yearly. With this mill in operation, Nigeria would continue to progress towards food self-sufficiency”, he explained
Mr. Sriram Venkateswaran, the chairman of Fullmark Group, also speaking at the inauguration of the factory, revealed that the entire idea of the project was conceived, designed, manufactured, executed from start-to-finish in Kano, Nigeria.
Venkateswaran, while explaining the production capacity of the factory, disclosed that Amarava Agro Processors Limited has the capacity to produce up to 288 metric tonnes of top quality per-boiled rice per day when operating in full capacity but its currently producing 250 metric tonnes per day.
“Our rice is best in class in terms of quality which is comparable to the best available anywhere in the world and is often compared to Thai Rice”, he said
He further revealed that beyond being the first made in Nigeria Rice Mill facility, the Amarava Agro Processors Limited Rice Mill is the first to be fully equipped with the capacity to convert waste to energy.

Duterte hungering for Khmer rice

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Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is encouraging companies from his country to import Cambodian rice as part of efforts to ramp up trade and investment between the two Asean nations, according to a recent press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation (MFAIC).
The statement was released on Friday during Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn’s official visit to Manila to attend the second meeting of the Cambodia-Philippines Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation at Manila, held from December 5-6.
Mr Duterte asked Filipino importers to buy Cambodian rice and called for more investment from the kingdom into the island nation, expressing his desire for trade and investment between both countries to flourish.
Hun Lak, the vice-president of the Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF), said a rice deal between the Philippines and the kingdom would be extremely positive for the sector.
“It would be better if there are state-to-state negotiations on milled rice purchasing with an acceptable price for Cambodian rice, because our production costs are higher than neighbouring countries,” he said.
Last year the Philippines, one of the world’s top rice buyers, held a bid for a contract to supply milled rice to its market. Cambodia was an initial bidder, but Thailand and Vietnam brought the contract home.
“This year we expect to export about 600,000 tonnes of milled rice to international markets. If we can find international buyers, it will be easy because we have surplus rice,” Mr Lak said.
Song Saran, the CEO of Amru Rice, welcomed Mr Duterte’s comments, saying that it falls in line with one of Asean’s core objectives: to expand the trade flow between member states.
He added, however, that to achieve a significant hike in trade, logistics infrastructure within the region needs to be upgraded.
“My hope is to move beyond just rice and start sending to the Asean market large shipments of other agricultural commodities. There are 600 million people in Asean, so there is huge potential to expand trade,” he added.
During the first 11 months of this year, Cambodia shipped 562,237 tonnes of rice abroad, an increase of 17.2 percent compared with the same period last year, according to a report from the Secretariat of One Window Service for Rice Export Formality.
Of those imports, 47,312 tonnes were sent to only four Asean countries: Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Vietnam

Containers of ‘smuggled rice’ to be opened

Saturday, December 09, 2017 By ELIAS O. BAQUERO
THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu will open nine of 71 cargo containers believed to contain smuggled rice from China tomorrow. The shipment was declared “ceramic tiles” but initial X-ray inspection showed that the containers hold rice worth P20 million. Under the law, rice importers must secure an importation permit from the National Food Authority. The National Food Council must also issue a minimum access volume as proof that the country needs to import rice. BOC Port of Cebu Collector Wivina Pumatong said that one of the two consignees is Seven Myth Marketing in Ermita, Manila and the other is Rainbow Horizon Enterprise in Binondo, Manila.
BOC Cebu officials said that rice smuggling can be considered as large-scale agricultural smuggling in violation of Republic Act 10845, or the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016. The violation carries life imprisonment. The case qualifies for economic sabotage because the minimum amount involved is P10 million. The customs broker is identified as Mary Faith Duran Miro of Argao, Cebu. However, Pumatong said she is wondering why Seven Myth and Rainbow Horizon chose Cebu as port of entry when they are based in Manila. Pumatong said the shipment arrived separately in Cebu on Nov. 27, 29 and 30 and Dec. 3 on board mv Macau Trader, mv Kota Jaya, mv Lobovia, mv AS Ragna and mv Chattanoga, respectively. The misdeclaration will lead to the forfeiture of the rice in favor of the government.
The BOC Port of Cebu can dispose of it through public auction. Last month, P20 million worth of smuggled potatoes and carrots, which were misdeclared as apples, were also forfeited in favor of the government. Pumatong said apples have zero tariff while duties and taxes have to be paid for potatoes and carrots. Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on December 10, 2017. Latest issues of SunStar Cebu also available on your mobile phones, laptops, and tablets. Subscribe to our digital editions at and get a free seven-day trial. VIDEO : 11th Cebu City Marathon di mo-agi sa SRP 11th Cebu City Marathon di mo-agi sa SRP705 viewsNews Related Videos News01:21SUPER SUROY: Cangcua-ay beach sa Tan-awan, Oslob CebuNews02:10SunStar Lite On, December 1, 2017 | 11 a.m.News01:04 Stakeholders, Cebu City hold talks on Sinulog securityNews01:05 Nokia mas mo-focus sa Android strategy for smartphonesNews00:52Bag-ong P5 coin mo-feature kang Andres BonifacioNews00:59Avengers infinity war trailer gi-release   Promoted Stories
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FAO, Agric Ministry Distribute Farm Machinery To Farmers In Ebonyi

 On Dec 8, 2017
The Food and Agriculture Organistaion and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Friday distributed farm machinery to nine groups in Ebonyi State.The project was initiated under a tripartite agreement between the Nigerian Government, South Korea and FAO under the South-South Cooperation.Dr. Babandi Amin, Director, Federal Department of Agriculture in the ministry, noted that the focus of the project was on the development of the rice value chain in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Cote D’Ivoire.
Amin, represented by Dr. Fatima Aliu, the ministry’s Rice Value Chain Desk Officer, noted that the main objective of the project was on increasing the capacity of the countries to develop competitive and inclusive rice value chains.
He said: “It is expected that the outcome of the project’s intervention is to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of local rice farmers and processors.
“It is also aimed at improving market access for small-scale farmers, women and youths and is being implemented in Ebonyi due to the state’s rice production and processing comparative advantage in Nigeria.”
Babandi thanked the Ebonyi State Government and other stakeholders for providing the ministry and FAO with the necessary support to successfully implement the project.
He said: “We expect more cooperation and support from the government and people of the state while urging the beneficiaries to judiciously utilize the machines.
“It is hoped that the machines will increase your efficiency and competitiveness in rice production and processing, as well as improve your market access.”
Meanwhile, Chief Moses Nome, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, noted that the state government was willing to collaborate with the project to improve its rice production capacities.
Nome said: “The expansion of the project is important because it would provide job for the teeming Ebonyi populace including framers, civil servants and other segments of its society.”
He advised the beneficiaries not to store the machines or use them for other purposes and to consult officials of the state agriculture ministry when necessary.The South-East Director of the ministry, Nnamdi Ibe-Ezemu, commended the project implementers of the project.Ibe-Ezemu said: “Rice is a golden grass in the world and we are doing our utmost to encourage its production as well as to empower rice producers in Ebonyi and entire South-East zone.”
Dr. Sofia Akuloma, the FAO Representative in Nigeria, said Ebonyi State plays a vital role in the organistaion’s plans due to the way it meets the rice needs of the country.Akuloma, represented by Adeola Akinlola, noted that the project, which was in its first phase, would end in March 2018 with the second phase focusing on improving its mechanization capabilities.Chief Abel Nwafor, one of the benefiting groups’ members, thanked the project implementers for their intervention and pledged to effectively utilize the machinery received.The machinery distributed included three power tillers, two threshers, six water pumps, one rice mill de-stoner, four moisture meters and 10,000 packing bags (25kg), among others.

High levels of arsenic detected in rice cereal

Claudia Boyd-Barrett

 December 10, 2017, 11:46 pm
Your baby’s rice cereal may contain worrying levels of arsenic, according to a report [pdf] by a coalition of scientists and health advocates.
The group, called Healthy Babies Bright Futures, tested more than 100 baby cereal samples from nine different companies. It found that cereals made with rice contained six times more arsenic than baby cereals made from other types of ingredients such as oatmeal, quinoa, buckwheat and barley.
Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment, but industrial activities and pesticides can increase its presence. Plants absorb arsenic from soil and water, which can lead to tiny traces showing up in food. Rice is particularly prone to arsenic contamination because it absorbs more of the chemical than other plants. That’s true even if the rice is organically grown.
Exposure to high levels of arsenic has been tied to cancer, as well as developmental problems in children. The FDA has proposed limiting inorganic arsenic (the most toxic form of the chemical) to 100 parts per billion in infant rice cereal. Some rice cereal in the report tested at more than 200 parts per billion.
The report is not a peer-reviewed study. However, past testing of rice cereal by other organizations including Consumer Reports and the FDA has also detected high arsenic levels.
Healthy Babies Bright Futures advised parents to avoid rice cereal and feed babies iron-fortified cereals made with other grains instead. It also called on the Food and Drug Administration to enforce lower levels of arsenic in rice-based foods.
Several baby food companies have said they are taking steps to make sure the rice used in their products is low in arsenic, according to the New York Times.

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RiceBran Technologies (RIBT) CFO Brent Robert Rystrom Purchases 31,155 Shares

RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ:RIBT) CFO Brent Robert Rystrom purchased 31,155 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 6th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $1.36 per share, with a total value of $42,370.80. Following the completion of the purchase, the chief financial officer now directly owns 16,054 shares in the company, valued at $21,833.44. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.
RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ RIBT) traded up $0.04 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $1.43. The stock had a trading volume of 77,036 shares, compared to its average volume of 67,589. RiceBran Technologies has a 12 month low of $0.69 and a 12 month high of $1.49.
RIBT has been the subject of several research reports. ValuEngine raised shares of RiceBran Technologies from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Maxim Group reissued a “hold” rating on shares of RiceBran Technologies in a report on Friday, November 10th.
An institutional investor recently bought a new position in RiceBran Technologies stock. First Eagle Investment Management LLC acquired a new stake in RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ:RIBT) in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 199,978 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $256,000. First Eagle Investment Management LLC owned about 1.19% of RiceBran Technologies at the end of the most recent quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 5.49% of the company’s stock.
RiceBran Technologies Company Profile
RiceBran Technologies is a human food ingredient, functional food ingredient, packaged functional food and animal nutrition company. The Company is focused on processing and marketing of nutrient dense products derived from raw rice, an underutilized by-product of the rice milling industry. The Company has two operating segments.
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Organic farming: Perceptions and reality (Concluding Part III)

 December 9, 2017, 10:00 PM
By Dr. Emil Q. Javier
The organic way of farming embraces a slew of traditional, broadly accepted and scientifically proven cultural practices. These practices tend to promote soil health and biodiversity in farms and require less energy. However, these practices are not unique to organic farming because conventional farming also adopts them to varying degrees.
But what really set organic farming apart are the growing methods it prohibits. It prohibits the application of chemical fertilizers, use of synthetic chemical pesticides and deployment of genetically modified crops, livestock, fish and microorganisms.
The claimed exclusive benefits to consumers from organic farming of more nutritious, tastier and safer foods and a cleaner more sustainable environment are more perceptions than reality. What are real for the most part are lower yields per hectare, higher costs of production, and consequently more expensive foods.
But what is also real is that organic farming is more profitable to farmers than conventional farming (as much as 2.9–3.8 times more profitable to farmers by one US estimate). Increasingly the world over consumers are willing to pay the premium for the organic label.
Part 1 (26 November 2017 issue) of this series pointed out that the total ban on the application of chemical fertilizers has no scientific bases. The contention that continuous application of chemical fertilizers render soils unfit for crop production is refuted by long-term field experiments growing wheat and beans in England (since 1843), growing maize in Illinois in the America Midwest (since 1876) and close to home, continuous monoculture of rice at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños (since 1963).’
On the other hand, the animal manures and composts allowed by organic farming to restore the soil nutrients extracted by crops, for the most part are not nutrient-dense enough to supply the requirements of crops in the amounts and times the nutrients are needed by crops for optimum productivity.
Tons of animal manures are needed per hectare to grow decent crops. But animal manures are not always readily available and they are expensive to assemble, transport and spread.
Moreover, the potential for fecal contamination with Salmonella, Listeria and virulent strains of E. coli is higher in organic produce than for conventionally- raised farm products for the simple reason that organic farming uses that much more animal manures.
Part 2 (03 December 2017 issue) addressed the uncritical absolute prohibition of the use of synthetic pesticides, ostensibly to eliminate pesticide residues making organic foods safer to eat than those grown in the conventional way.
However, contrary to the common perception, organic produce are not necessarily pesticide-free. Organic farming allows the use of herbal preparations, containing naturally-occurring toxins like rotenone, pyrethrins, azadirachtin, nicotine and capsaicin; traditional compounds containing copper and sulfur, and a few synthetic chemical exceptions like methyl bromide as a soil fumigant.
The active ingredients in organic pesticides, albeit found in lower concentrations, can be as hazardous as those in synthetic pesticides. In fact, many chemical pesticides are based on toxins found occurring in nature.
Some chemical pesticides are even less toxic and less persistent than their organic counterparts. Mancozeb, a chemical to control fungi, is as effective but 15 times less toxic than copper sulfate and lime sulfur, two of the most widely used organic fungicides.
Continuous development work by the chemical pesticide industry is leading to the release of newer safer pesticides belonging to Category III and IV. Organic farming should therefore be open to these new families of synthetic pesticides which are more benign to people and the environment than the ones presently in use.

GMOs are as safe as conventional foods
Thirdly, organic farming absolutely prohibits the use of genetically modified (GM) crops, animals and microorganisms for fear that GMOs are bad for human health and the environment.
This flies in the face of the global scientific consensus that GMOs are as safe as their conventionally-raised counterparts. No less than the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and all the prestigious national academies of science have publicly acknowledged their safety.
Last year 108 Nobel Prize winners recognized for their achievements in medicine, chemistry, biology, a third of all living laureates, signed an open letter in support of precision agriculture (GMOs). They urged the United Nations (UN) and Governments around the world to re-examine the experience of farmers and consumers worldwide with crops and foods improved through biotechnology, to recognize the findings of authoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies. The Nobel Laureates singled out GREENPEACE to abandon its uncalled for campaign against GMOs.
The open letter further stated that “Scientific and regulatory agencies around the world have repeatedly and consistently found crops and foods improved through biotechnology to be as safe, if not safer than those derived from any other method of production. There has never been a single confirmed case of a negative health outcome for humans and animals from their consumption. Their environmental impacts have been shown repeatedly to be less damaging to the environment and a boon to global biodiversity.”

Conventional farming still the mainstream
The rise of organic farming is in part a response to the excesses of chemical-intensive farming which have come to dominate world agriculture. It is indeed timely that we rediscover the virtues of traditional cropping practices espoused by organic farming such as minimum tillage, use of green manures and cover crops, rotation cropping, more use of animal manures and composts, and return of crop residues to maintain soil organic matter.
But as FAO has pointed out organic farming cannot feed the current world population, much less the billions yet to come.
Organic farming is a luxury land-poor countries like the Philippines can ill afford. With higher food prices from organic farming, more Filipinos will be food insecure.
Thus from the food security point of view, the bulk of our agricultural effort must be directed to conventional farming.
Chemical fertilizers provided they are not applied in excess will not permanently injure our soils. But more manures and composts are needed to enhance soil health. The ideal is the judicious balanced application of manures as basal fertilizers and nutrient-rich chemical fertilizers as supplements.
Weeds, pests of all kinds and diseases will always be around to challenge crops, fish and livestock. The pesticides needed to control them invariably are injurious to human health. But advances in biology and chemistry are leading to the development of pesticides which are far less toxic and less persistent in the environment than currently available substances. The more rational approach is to replace current pesticides whether organic or synthetic, with more specific, less toxic and more biodegradable pesticides as they become available.
For crops, the ideal is the evolving method of integrated pest management (IPM) which combines cultural practices, use of resistant varieties, deployment of biocontrol agents, and USE OF PESTICIDES REGARDLESS OF SOURCE AS A LAST RESORT.
And finally GMOs whether crops, animal or microorganisms are not bad to human health and the environment. On the contrary there is a global scientific consensus that GMO foods are as safe as their conventionally-bred counterparts
A global meta-analysis of the impacts of genetically modified crops showed that GM crops resulted in a decrease of pesticide use of 37 percent, increase in yields of 22 percent and a profit increase for farmers of 68 percent.
We should not deny our farmers the use of GMOs. The world of science is inexorably leading to the development of more GMO crops, fish and livestock with improved traits useful to man. In fact, we should master modern biotechnology ourselves to advance our national interests.

Niches for organic farming
The growing world-wide demand for organic produce is a market phenomenon we cannot ignore. Even among more affluent Filipinos, there is increasing demand for organically grown fruits, vegetables, poultry and pigs. Although yields per hectare are lower, organic farming is more profitable for farmers because of the premium customers are willing to pay for the certified organic label.
Moreover, organic is labor intensive. It will create more jobs in the countryside and thereby, contribute to moderating poverty.
There are two niches for organic farming, first for subsistence farmers (and hobbyists) who produce for their family consumption and would not bother for certification which add to the costs. For subsistence farmers substituting their labor for cash inputs which they do not have make sense.
The bigger opportunity is for farmers who produce certified organic foods for the local market and for export. Organic farming is knowledge intensive and highly location specific. For our organic farmers to participate in the lucrative organic export trade, they will need a lot of government support for technology and market development, and certification to reduce costs and to improve their competiveness.

Dr. Emil Q. Javier is a Member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and also Chair of the Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines (CAMP). For any feedback, email

Recipe: Crispy orange, pomegranate-glazed chicken on herbed basmati rice

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Crispy orange, pomegranate-glazed chicken on herbed basmati rice.

Chicken and rice have never looked so dazzling!

5 (750g) skinless chicken breasts, deboned
90g cake flour
65g cornflour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, totaste
2 large eggs
15ml (1 tbsp) milk
Oil, to deep-fry
250ml (1 cup) orange juice
180ml (¾ cup) pomegranate juice
100g brown sugar
30ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice
15ml (1 tbsp) Worcestershire sauce
5ml (1 tsp) garlic, finely chopped
5ml (1 tsp) ginger, finely grated
2,5ml (½ tsp) dried chilli flakes
Zest of 1 orange
30ml (2 tbsp) cold water
15ml (1 tbsp) cornflour
20g cooked basmati rice, warm
60ml (¼ cup) fresh parsley, finely chopped
60ml (¼ cup) fresh coriander, finely chopped
30ml (2 tbsp) fresh basil, finely chopped
Salt and freshly groundblack pepper, to taste
To serve
180g pomegranate rubies
2 (50g) spring onions, thinly sliced
2 (5g) small green chillies, thinly sliced
60ml (4 tbsp) coriander, finely chopped
1. For the chicken, cut the breasts into bite-size pieces. Combine the cake flour and 65g cornflour and season to taste. Combine the eggs and milk and whisk until smooth.
2. Heat the oil in a deep fat fryer or deep pot to 180°C (check the temperature with a sugar thermometer if using a deep pot). Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, followed by the flour mixture. Fry the chicken pieces off in batches, 2-3 minutes each, until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towel.
3. For the glaze, place the orange juice, pomegranate juice, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli flakes and orange zest in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer, 10 minutes. Combine the water and 15ml (1 tbsp) cornflour and whisk in 60ml (¼ cup) of the warm juice mixture. Pour it all back into the remaining warm liquid and whisk until smooth. Simmer, 5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Add the fried chicken pieces and simmer, 2 minutes. Season to taste.
4. For the rice, stir all of the ingredients together and season to taste.
5. To serve, place the chicken on herbed rice and add a sprinkling of pomegranate rubies, spring onions, small green chillies and scatter over 4 tbsp fresh coriander.