Half-rice

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014


MY FRIENDS, all rice eaters, were amused when an official of the National Food Authority (NFA) requested the Cebu City Government to pass an ordinance requiring establishments in the food serving industry in the city to include half-rice servings in their menu.

I don’t know whether my friends look at their plates as half empty or half full.

But they told me this is one of the weirdest ideas they ever heard.

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But make no mistake about it. This is a promotion for responsible rice consumption.

President Noynoy Aquino signed Proclamation No. 494 on Oct. 18, 2012, "Declaring the Year 2013 as the National Year of Rice and Directing the Department of Agriculture to lead its Celebration."

Pray, tell me. Is there a better way of celebrating the year of the rice than eating half-rice servings?

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The proposed half-rice servings ordinance would cover restaurants, schools, offices, hospitals, cafeterias, catering operations, fast-food chains and other food-related services.

This is of great help to people who have long wanted to slim down.

Why waste time in the gym when an ordinance could be effective in the weight reduction program?

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The NFA official said a Food and Nutrition Research Institutes study showed that every Filipino wastes two tablespoons of cooked rice every meal.

He said that in 2010, the wasted rice was equivalent to 13 percent of the total rice imports of the same year amounting to P6.2 billion of the consumption of nearly 2.6 million Filipinos in a year.

What a waste. That wasted rice could have been exported.

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PNoy has said that the Philippines would be self-sufficient in rice in 2013.

But the year saw so much rice smuggling. Agriculture officials want Filipinos to eat less rice.

We can shift to eating corn so we can export rice.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 19, 2014.

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