DAVAO CITY Representatives from a non-government organizations (NGOs) recently conducted an advocacy campaigning for the use of the brown or unpolished rice as regular diet of every Filipino.
The group held an Organic Food Fair and conducted brown rice cooking demonstrations through the assistance of the Most Institute and St. Dominic de Savio-Gourmet Bites.
Celebrity advocate "Tado" joined Oxfam and Dakila during the campaign in Davao which was highlighted by food sampling of brown rice recipes developed by participating culinary schools.
City Agriculture Office (CAO) officer-in-charge Leonardo Avila III said the city government of Davao fully supports the campaign.
"Brown rice is healthy and in fact, it was included in the regular diet of the Filipino people long before white rice came. It is ideal for people with diabetes since it has lower sugar content," he said.
Brown rice is good source of a protein called lysine. It is also rich in Thiamine, which is good for breast feeding mothers, he said.
Marie Nunez, Oxfam public campaigns manager, said "the milling of brown rice has less wastage which results to increased production and supply. This could reduce our dependence on rice importation."
"This will definitely help us achieve the country's goal of rice self-sufficiency," Nunez said.
Oxfam and Dakila also launched the campaign in Dumaguete City before they came in Davao City.(PNA)