Rice straw is produced in voluminous amounts--for every 4 tons of rice harvested, 6 tons of straw are left in the field. For many, the straw does not have any profitable uses. That is why farmers often burn it in their fields. This practice can detrimentally affect both humans and the environment.
This video explains the implications of burning rice straw. It also explores some alternatives for using straw as a byproduct.
See also: http://ricestraw.irri.org/
International Rice Research Institute
4 years ago