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Post by Guest on Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:25 pm

Or, we got On-topic in the Off-topic section Wink

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Rice

Post by Rasgrix.XxdeathxX on Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:29 pm

Rice is a cereal foodstuff which forms an important part of the diet of many people worldwide and as such it is a staple food for many.

Domesticated rice comprises two species of food crops in the Oryza genus of the Poaceae ("true grass") family: Asian rice, Oryza sativa is native to tropical and subtropical southern Asia; African rice, Oryza glaberrima, is native to West Africa.[1]

The name wild rice is usually used for species of the different but related genus Zizania, both wild and domesticated, although the term may be used for primitive or uncultivated varieties of Oryza.

Rice is grown as a monocarpic annual plant, although in tropical areas it can survive as a perennial and can produce a ratoon crop and survive for up to 20 years.[2] Rice can grow to 1–1.8 m tall, occasionally more depending on the variety and soil fertility. The grass has long, slender leaves 50–100 cm long and 2–2.5 cm broad. The small wind-pollinated flowers are produced in a branched arching to pendulous inflorescence 30–50 cm long. The edible seed is a grain (caryopsis) 5–12 mm long and 2–3 mm thick.

Rice is a staple food for a large part of the world's human population, especially in tropical Latin America, and East, South and Southeast Asia, making it the second-most consumed cereal grain.[3] A traditional food plant in Africa, Rice has the potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.[4] Rice provides more than one fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans.[5] In early 2008, some governments and retailers began rationing supplies of the grain due to fears of a global rice shortage.[6][7]

Rice cultivation is well-suited to countries and regions with low labor costs and high rainfall, as it is very labor-intensive to cultivate and requires plenty of water for cultivation. On the other hand, mechanized cultivation is extremely oil-intensive, more than other food products with the exception of beef and dairy products.[citation needed] Rice can be grown practically anywhere, even on a steep hill or mountain. Although its species are native to South Asia and certain parts of Africa, centuries of trade and exportation have made it commonplace in many cultures.

The traditional method for cultivating rice is flooding the fields whilst, or after, setting the young seedlings. This simple method requires sound planning and servicing of the water damming and channeling, but reduces the growth of less robust weed and pest plants that have no submerged growth state, and deters vermin. While with rice growing and cultivation the flooding is not mandatory, all other methods of irrigation require higher effort in weed and pest control during growth periods and a different approach for fertilizing the soil.
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Re: Not using chat box post here!

Post by devil666 on Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:28 pm

just to say i might be gone for about a week for the holidays and for homework and friends so i might be back on about the 11th or sooner depending if i get that extra week of homework or not...so how's your holidays?
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my holidays

Post by rosco10100 on Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:31 pm

my holidays were great Smile
i took a trip to florida to celebrate christmas and new years with my grandparents
who else gets to go to the beach on new years day and go in the ocean and not freeze...............
present wise it was even better
i got a real bow with 6 arrows (cant wait until my dad takes me to a archery range) tongue
how were your holidays?

@death i know this is off topic but no need to post an encyclopedia article lol!
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Re: Not using chat box post here!

Post by Rasgrix.XxdeathxX on Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:06 am

rosco10100 wrote: @death i know this is off topic but no need to post an encyclopedia article lol!
Eh heh....thought you might need to know....xD

Anyways, my plane to California got canceled due a snowstorm somewhere someplace, thats about it.
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