While it may not be the first or even the second crop that most Americans think of when they think of farms across the United States, rice farmers across the country sustainably grow 20 billion pounds of rice each year in some states, including:
As evening frost begins to gather on our grass at home, we pull our fall sweaters out of storage and temperatures start to dip at night, it’s time to start thinking about those crops that are still waiting in the field for harvest.
In one year, 740 million tons of rice were grown and harvested across the globe, as a main source of nutrition for the majority of people on earth. Rice is an undeniable food staple globally, accounting for 42% of the human population’s total caloric consumption. And for some in poorer countries, it can account for 50% or more of daily caloric intake.