Climate alarmists are now claiming that “rice is to blame” for “global warming” and are pushing for a ban of the cereal grain food to meet the goals of the green agenda.
Rice is a good source of protein and is a vital staple food in many parts of the world.
Domesticated rice is the most widely consumed staple food for over half of the world’s human population, particularly in Asia and Africa.
However, radical green agenda globalists are now alleging that “rice can’t be ignored” if the “world wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Corporate media outlet AFP posted a video to social media alleging that rice fields are a major contributor toward “climate change.”
“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,” AFP claims.
“Scientists say that if the world wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, rice cannot be ignored.”
The Food and Agriculture Organization notes that “Rice is one of the most important staple foods in the world.
“Over 50 percent of the world’s population depends on rice for about 80 percent of its food requirements.
“About 95 percent of the global output of rice is produced and consumed in developing countries.”
The video was met with a backlash on Twitter.
Banning rice would kill tens of millions of innocent people.
I'm starting to think it's never been about saving the planet . . . https://t.co/Sz1bcbQM49
— Johnny Rotten's American Cousin (@EERCANE) April 16, 2023
Some social media commenters linked the push to the World Economic Forum (WEF).
— WiseOldOwl (@RealAlexLucio) April 16, 2023
“Under the global methane pledge, Vietnam and several other major rice producers in Asia have vowed to cut emissions by 30% by 2020 and 2023, but the two largest producers, Chin and India, failed to sign,” AFP reported.