Agriculture

Davao City Council urges support for ‘brown rice challenge’

September 27, 2016 By

The Davao City Council urged restaurants, food chains, and other food establishments in the city to support the program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) promoting brown rice — locally known as “pinawa”.

In a resolution passed Tuesday, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) called on food establishment owners to include brown rice as part of their menu in line with DA’s #BROWN4good challenge that aims to raise the awareness of the benefits of eating brown rice.

Marissa Salvador Abella, chair of the SP committee on agriculture and food, said brown rice is much healthier compared to white rice.

Abella said study shows that brown rice is superior in terms of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

It can also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardio vascular-diseases and lowers blood pressure.

Abella added that consuming brown rice can help achieve rice sufficiency and help Filipino farmers improve income “because compared to white rice, it has 10 percent higher milling recovery than white rice.”

“The additional supply will also help decrease Philippine importation of rice,” she said.

Meanwhile, the steps in joining the #BROWN4good challenge are as follows: 1. Order brown rice or cook it at home; 2. Post a photo of your meal on Facebook, Twitter, or Instragram; 3. Caption with #Brown4good #(your region) and; 4. Challenge others to do the same by tagging them.

One post is equivalent to one cup of brown rice donated to charities.

“For the entire country, we are aiming to attain one million hashtags from FB, Instagram and Twitter, and if achieved DA will give 3.5 million worth of brown rice to charities for the entire nation,” Abella said.

“For Region 11, our goal is to achieve 50,000 #Brown4good so that DA will give 100 sacks of brown rice to chosen charities,” she said.