SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification
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Lotus Foods Basmati is First Rice to Achieve Regenerative Organic Certification

Lotus Foods Basmati is First Rice to Achieve Regenerative Organic Certification | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

Lotus Foods, the leading heirloom and organic rice company, is proud to announce that its traditional White and Brown Basmati Rice grown with SRI methods and sourced from family farmers in northern India, has qualified for Regenerative Organic Certified™ (ROC™) Silver. It is the first rice to achieve this rigorous new standard, which goes beyond existing Organic and Fair Trade certifications in promoting farming that enriches rather than degrades soil and values animals and workers.

 

Lotus Foods Co-Founder/Co-CEO Caryl Levine said "These farmers, who use System of Rice Intensification (SRI) methods, which we call More Crop Per Drop™, have demonstrated that it is very feasible to generate important economic and environmental benefits like increasing yields of traditional varieties, reducing water use and methane emissions and also be regenerative.

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PHILIPPINES: Is the rice industry finally on the rise? | BusinessMirror

PHILIPPINES: Is the rice industry finally on the rise? | BusinessMirror | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

Should the Philippines pursue rice self-sufficiency at all costs? Or must it focus, instead, on assuring food security and higher incomes for farmers that could bail them out of their moribund state of poverty?

...On competitiveness, former Agriculture Secretary Dar said we can never be competitive, as our production costs are as much as P11 to P12 per kilo, in contrast to Vietnam’s P6 to P7 per kilo, and Thailand’s P9 per kilo, as both enjoy vast flat lands naturally irrigated at virtually no cost by the huge Mekong River. Our focus must, therefore, be on food security and higher farmer incomes and not on self-sufficiency alone.
Jesse Las Marias, an economist and agriculture practitioner, who was one of the forum audience, says “with better technologies and farming systems like the System of Rice Intensification [SRI] system, we can bring down costs of production to P4 to P6 per kilo, which are already competitive with our neighbors.”

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USA: Lotus Foods Celebrates  25 Years of Preserving Rice Biodiversity

USA: Lotus Foods Celebrates  25 Years of Preserving Rice Biodiversity | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

Hard to believe that Lotus Foods, a US-based organic rice importer who has been sourcing SRI rice from farmers in Africa and Asia since 2005, has been in the business of preserving rice biodiversity for 25 years! Let's help them celebrate! Read more about Lotus Foods and their founders, Ken and Caryl, in this brochure.

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