Our staple food.

Philippines
July 1, 2008 10:54am CST
One of the foundation of the Filipino family is food. No occassion is complete without sharing a sumptuous meal. Rice is our staple food. There is a saying in our country that "as long as there is rice in the jar, we can survive come what may." I believe that this is also true with the rest of Southeast Asia. You can imagine how the recent crisis in rice has affected us. Its importance runs deep in our veins. Even our young ones are being taught to eat rice in their early months. Its ironic that this important thing in our lives got the least attention, neglected for so long and its future is bleak in our country,an agricultural nation. This crisis is a wake up call for us to value this food and treat it with respect. Reports said that a large volume of rice are going to waste as spoiled excesses. Large tract of agricultural lands are being converted to housing projects. This is the price that we paid.
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10 responses
• China
2 Jul 08
I'm in southeast Asia.It's not exaggerated like the price in the other countrys in southeast Asia... The recent crisis is not affected our lives. Take care
• Philippines
3 Jul 08
well maybe you're still not affected but it won't hurt to start caring now don't you think so?????
• China
3 Jul 08
agree with you
@maryann82 (133)
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
I'm a filipina and i practically grew up here in the philippines and as for my 25 years of living i can't even remeber any day that passed that i didn't eat rice. rice is our country's stap[le food and now a days it seems that more people here in the philippines are experiencing the shortage of cheap rice or the so called NFA rice that whenever you go to the market where there is an NFA kiosk you'll really see a large crowd in line just to buy rice for the price of 18 pesos. Our country's government had been converting agricultural lands into commercial and housing lands neglecting the fact that we filipinos practically can't leave without rice. When you listen to the news government officials are advising the people to conserve and be mindful of rice usage and still you can see people who lacks concern that they even throw out rice and that some families even cook rice more than they need and can eat not realizing how many people would commit crimes just to be able to have money to buy rice. I hope people would realize that this rice shortage or food shartage isn't just something to joke about but to be sincerely concerned with.
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
Its now or never. The govenment must take the lead.
• India
2 Jul 08
Rice...Rice...India rely mostly on rice and wheat...The government of tamilnadu(southern state of India) is providing rice for 4 cents/kilogram at ration shops to the poor people.....DO u think this is cheap????....we buy some superior quality of rice at .5dollars per kg....i agree that price of rice is soaring due to increase in gasoline prices...
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
You have a low price for your rice. You are lucky. Here in our country, the price is 1 dollar per kilo and the good quality ranges from 1.5 to 2 dollars per kilo.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
2 Jul 08
I have read about the rice shortage. It sounds like a very important issue for you and your country. Do people in your country write people in your government about their concerns or complaints? I ask that because I am from the U.S. and our congressmen and women tend to respond to written letters of concern from their constituents. Perhaps if people in your government got lots of letters of concern, they would respond in a helpful way. Take Care.
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
YUp, we always see to it that government officials, national or local,know the people's sentiments. But, very of these officials has the real passion to help their constituents.
• United States
1 Jul 08
The largest staple in our family is potato's. And even though this has not been impacted like the rice and other major corps have. It brings a certain reality about the importance of our agricultural lands and the gross abundance that we had often taken for granted. Food was simply like air, you really don't need to think about it until you can't breatht ehn it becomes the only thing that matters. But despite seeing how the world has been impacted, I am pessamistic about seeing any postive changes. Sadly I believe that the goverments of the world want to have the power over all things. And this is just the stepping stone.
• Philippines
1 Jul 08
I just feel that the next generation will have a thougher time than us.
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
Many years ago, the Philippines passed on agricultural knowledge and technologies to its neighboring countries like Thailand. But today, we are facing a crisis we could not have imagine could happen - a rice shortage. We are importing from the same countries we taught before, with imports reaching as high as 1.87 million tons of rice. Commercial rice in the market reaches as high as oil prices - around P35 per kilo, which the poor cannot afford.
4 Jul 08
I'm in australia now but diet still the same,mostly rice and fish..pork or beef.Never run out of rice.my car can be empty of petrol but not my rice bucket.I wish the goverment will do something to improve the rice agriculture like what the other goverment officials in the past.
@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
True. It's a shame that the Philippines is largely an agricultural and yet this has happened. Until now I like to have rice in at least 2 meals in a day. But I only get to do this on weekends though.
@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
2 Jul 08
and i agree with you on that note..i guess too much influence on the westeners especially on food that we had forgot the low or the families on the below average income bracket who are so dependent on rice to keep going and survive their everyday struggle..
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
2 Jul 08
it is rice for us over here too. no matter what, our lunch and dinner, (my family anyway) consists of rice and some other dishes. but some friends of mine tell me that sometimes, they eat noodles in place of rice at times. i too feel that attention has been neglected. it's only when these disasters and all occur that suddenly give us a bump on our heads and give us a wake up call. i hope everything can be settled soon or that it can be better than it is now.