There is a food movement going on, a shift in the way we are looking at food. People are going organic and they’re going healthy, starting with the most basic food staple in every Filipino household: rice.

United in this cause, Dakila, Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, and international non-profit organization Oxfam are working together with other brown rice advocates such as Chef Myke “Tatung” Sarthou, comedian and musician Tuesday Vargas, and foodie Erwan Heussaff to spread awareness one plate at a time.

Here, five facts you need to know about the revolutionary rice:

1. Brown rice is also called “unpolished rice.”
White rice undergoes two major post-harvest milling processes. Brown rice, on the other hand, goes through only one—hence the nickname. As a result, it retains its bran, which is actually filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein.

2. Brown rice is good for your health.
Brown rice is rich in dietary fiber and B vitamins and minerals. In fact, according to The Huffington Post, brown rice contains 15 percent of your recommended daily amount of niacin or vitamin B3. It also has selenium, a trace nutrient that may not only play a role in heart health but also in cancer prevention.

3. Brown rice is environment-friendly.
Brown rice only goes through one milling process, so there is automatically a reduction in carbon emission. There is also no need for pesticides and insecticides, sparing the soil and other plant lives from damage.

4. Brown rice is good for the farmers.
“With our current situation, consuming brown rice is ideal because it gives you enough nutrients that you need,” says Dakila vice-president Noel Cabangon. “If only brown rice becomes accessible to all by increasing the volume of its production and keeping its price competitive then this will help address the problem of food security in the country. If farmers are able to produce more rice, then this will enable the country to be rice self-sufficient.”

5. Brown rice is good for the economy.
According to Oxfam’s research, “the milling recovery of brown rice is 10 percent higher, which can lead to additional sacks of rice that can be levelled with the amount of rice we import.” This suggests that we no longer need to import our rice from other countries because we would be capable of producing enough rice on our own.

(Photo by jacqueline via Flickr Creative Commons)

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