Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A rice revolution

A professor at Cornell University has developed a farming system that boosts the harvests of rice fields. Amazingly, he does this without relying on agrichemicals or genetic engineering.

Instead, professor Normal Uphoff's System of Rice Intensification is a perfect example of finding a counterintuitive, outside-the-box solution to a problem:

Harvests typically double, he says, if farmers plant early, give seedlings more room to grow and stop flooding fields. That cuts water and seed costs while promoting root and leaf growth.

Professor Uphoff, your timing couldn't be better.

Norman T. Uphoff of Cornell University.

—Mellow Monk

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