Rice Production Is A Victim Of Climate Change But Also A Contributor. 

We're Changing That.

How We Consume & Produce Our Daily Staple Is Problematic:

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Information on the environmental impact of rice production is disparate and confusing.

Conventional rice production has dangerous environmental impact.  

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Rice production is responsible for 10% of global methane emissions. That's almost double the emissions from the coal plant industry. This is an issue because methane is 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

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There's a glaring lack of standardization and even when available, consumers are often unable to understand what’s out there. Without transparency and clarity, it's challenging for consumers to make informed purchasing decisions.  

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Conventional rice production has 

significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions.  

Methane Emissions from Total Grain Production

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Rice Production: 48%  

Other Grains: 

52%  

Rice production is responsible for 10% of global methane emissions. That's almost double the emissions from the coal plant industry. This is an issue because methane is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

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Information on the environmental impact of rice production is disparate and confusing.

Is the data accurate?

Which greenhouse gases to measure?

What along the supply chain do we measure?

There's a lack of standardization and even when available, consumers are often unable to understand what’s out there. Without transparency and clarity, it's challenging for consumers to make informed purchasing decisions.  

Let's Analyse Climate Impact

of Rice Production.

*Carbon Footprint (kg CO2e/kg rice)

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**Our Production:

1.8 kg CO2e/kg rice

So we've got the numbers. But why such a big difference if everyone's growing the same thing?

Because method matters. 

Data

Sources!

*Source: Clune S, Crossin E, Verghese K, Systematic review of greenhouse gas
emissions for different fresh food categories, Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), doi: 10.1016/
j.jclepro.2016.04.082.

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**Calculated by International Rice Research Institute based on a local farmer survey in Myanmar using a methodology covering the entire rice value chain.

Here's a closer look at our impact in Myanmar:

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Our quantification shows we can and are making a difference. Now, what's next?

We're choosing to commit to a level of traceability in demonstrating that change is possible.

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In doing so, we are also embarking on holistic sustainable practices at the farm-level. We are an active member of the Sustainable Rice Platform – a global alliance working to promote eco-friendly rice farming, empower small farmers and reduce the environmental footprint of rice. Learn more at www.sustainablerice.org

*Sustainable Rice Cultivation Covers:

Farm Management

Nutrient Management

Pre-Planting

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Harvest &

Post-Harvest

Water Use

Integrated Pest Management

Health & Safety

Labour Rights

*According to SRP guidelines

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Your Purchase Matters.

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Support brands 

taking the lead to make a commitment and push for industry transformation

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Raise awareness and education

about the power of responsible consumer choices

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Hold companies accountable

in the industry (especially us!) accountable for transparency and progress 

It's time to rethink our consequences of consumption and our responsibility to steward flourishing food systems.

 

Join the movement to be the change.

 

#stayinformed