Organic rice is grown and processed without the use of any synthetic chemicals as found, for example, in fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, preservatives, seed treatments, hormones and such alike. Organic rice is grown using natural and not chemical fertilizers, which are harmful to health and environment as well. Currently, only specially selected high-quality Jasmine rice is planted organically in a very limited area, although this type of agricultural practice is becoming more widespread as the number of health-conscious consumers is growing rapidly. However, producing organic rice is much more than just using natural or organic fertilizers.
The Benefits of Organic Rice
- Free from chemical,
- organic rice is fat free and has high carbohydrate content.
- Red and brown rice have higher fiber value than white rice.
- Organic rice has low sugar content
- When you eat 45 grams of organic rice, you only consume 160 calories of carbohydrates.
- Organic systems avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and growth regulators.
- Instead they rely on crop rotations
- biological pest control
- maintain soil health
- supply plant nutrients
- minimize insects, weeds, and other pests.
Organic systems avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and growth regulators. Instead they rely on crop rotations, crop residues, animal manures, legumes, green manures, off-farm wastes, mechanical cultivation, mineral-bearing rocks, and biological pest control to main- tain soil health, supply plant nutrients, and minimize insects, weeds, and other pests.
While anyone can choose to grow organically, federal regulations now control the labeling and marketing of all organic products. If you plan to represent your farm products as organic, you must be certified. To learn about the steps toward organic certification, see ATTRA’s Organic Farm Certification and The National Organic Program.