Rice bran promoted as staple food amid food crisis in China
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China has started promoting rice bran as a staple food amid the food crisis in the country, as the food crisis remains a significant issue in China from 2020.
An overview of the news
China's National Rural Industry Development Plan (2020–2025) was formulated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in 2020 to encourage the full utilization of by-products such as rice bran and wheat bran.
Rice bran is the brown outer layer of the rice kernel, which is mainly composed of the pericarp, aleuron, seed coat, and germ.
It contains 50% carbohydrate (starch), 20% fat, 15% protein and 15% dietary fiber (DF), which is mainly insoluble fiber.
It contains 14-18% oil.
Rice bran oil is a good source of unsaturated fats, vitamin E, and other important nutrients.
It is mostly used as animal feed.
Why is China focusing on Rice Bran?
Global warming is a major factor contributing to the growing food problem in China, as well as the loss of agriculturally productive land.
One-fifth of the world's population lives in China. Only 11 percent of the country's land is considered ideal for agriculture.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has also had a negative impact on China's food supply system.
The Covid-induced disruption has created an already dire situation on the food front.
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