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Why should we eat rice?

  • Sudibyo M. Wiradji

  /   Mon, January 27 2020   /  02:22 am
Non-rice snacks: A variety of snacks made from sago in Negeri Luhu, West Seram, Maluku, are ready for consumption. Sago is the main staple food in Negeri Luhu. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

Non-rice snacks: A variety of snacks made from sago in Negeri Luhu, West Seram, Maluku, are ready for consumption. Sago is the main staple food in Negeri Luhu. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)Why should we eat rice? Many of us (Indonesians and perhaps Asians in general) are well familiar with this remark: “I do not feel full when I have not yet eaten rice.” Even though we (at least me) have already swallowed a hamburger or pizza, we may not feel full until we eat rice.Most Indonesians have had a long-established habit of eating rice three times a day — for breakfast, lunch and supper — since childhood, leaving them highly addicted to it.What if, for some reason (such as a failed harvest or the continued decrease of paddy fields in most rice-producing countries because of land conversion), rice becomes scarce? Can we face the day without it?“I can,” 36-year-old Audy told The Jakarta Post...