An Essential Crop in a Global Economy Research Paper by Nicky

An Essential Crop in a Global Economy
Analysis of the role of rice in the global economy.
# 128109 | 1,462 words | 11 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper focuses on rice, an essential crop relied upon by masses of people in the world. The paper explains that global economies and challenges have long faced the crop, and the people and areas that grow it, as have changes in cultural and regional demographics. The paper covers the role of rice in water dependency and utilization, the increasing urbanization that creates the demand for more high-yield, low-price crops, and the increasing role of technology in rice production. The paper concludes that with the rapidly changing global economy, rice is likely to remain in high, and ever increasing, demand.

From the Paper:

"What are the major environmental impacts related to its production and processing? One of the most important environmental impacts of rice production, and especially high yield production has been over utilization of the water supply. Water is a scarce commodity in many nations, even some of those who are high producers of rice, such as India, where extensive drought has threatened its place in the global rice production and distribution market. (Latham, 1998, p. 11) New Technology and programs are being created and implemented daily to support higher yields with less water use. (Worldwatch, December 2007, "More Rice For Less Water")
"What are the significant global trends in how, where, and/or why this crop is produced and traded? With the growth of technology, increase in urbanized populations and increasing populations in general the changes is rice crops has created far fewer regional varieties as well as mass production of high yield of only a few variety forms with high demands for lower prices. (WWF, "Agriculture and Environment: Commodities: Overview Rice," NP)"

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Greenhalgh, S., & Faeth, P. (2001). Trading on Water. Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy, 16(1), 71. Readers Guide to Periodical Literature.

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