#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2017
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Last week, Senator Cynthia Villar was clobbered online for suggesting to ban unlimited rice.  But instead earning scorn, her remarks at a Senate food committee hearing should have sparked much-needed conversations about nutrition and food security at a time when we’re hooked on the war on drugs.

The sad truth is, our national staple – polished and milled to perfection – gives us a false sense of nourishment. Most Filipinos spend on rice more than on any other food, and that is primarily because it is what is readily accessible and affordable, especially among poor communities. Wealthier countries have more diverse diets.

The unli rice controversy, this week’s #AnimatED points out, shouldn’t just stop in the hashtags that trended because of it. It should open up discourse, conversations, and policy debates on related issues.  


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