Organic Rice

Client:

Landscape Magazine

Year:

2022

Organic Rice grown aerobically. Aerobic means that the root ball is grown as almost every other land based crop with aerated soils. Why do people flood paddy fields? Reduce pests and weeds. Rice is tolerant of anaerobic under water conditions. This does also mean the rice root is being cultivated in non-beneficial anaerobic fungi and bacteria. Food quality suffers unless augmented by chemical fertilizers. Even then the nutrition and yields are dropping as the soils further deteriorate over time. Now that chemical fertilizers are becoming prohibitively expensive, it may be time to explore more traditional organic based cultivation.