Rice Innovations Will Help Feed a Changing World
They’re not going against the grain. But rice, which provides the world more calories than any other food, is getting an upgrade to adapt to rising populations and a warming planet. Researchers in Asia, where 520 million people get more than half their calories from rice, are developing new strains to better weather flooding, salinity and toxins. They’re steering away from GMOs, wary of public opinion and legal wrangling — but some scientists say even new strains are a distraction, calling for a focus on food waste and inefficiency instead.