Senator Cynthia Villar said that people should regulate white rice consumption. But is this is a wise intersection of health and economics?
Since Philippines is a nation of rice eaters, the demand of our rice is higher while the supply is limited. Regulating the white rice is a way to counter the inflation and the demand of the white rice production.
Inflation is the continues increasing of prices.
In the law of demand and supply, if the demand is high and the supply is low the price will high. Through Villar’s call for a regulated white rice consumption the demand will decrease. Thus, if the demand is low and the supply is high the price will low.
On the other hand, consumption of brown rice is a way to solve the four major problems of the Filipinos: undernourishment, farmers’ low income, rice self-sufficiency and hunger. It’s like hitting 4 birds in one stone.
Villar was concern of the health issue in our country. She was right when she linked health in her call.
In fact, there have already been more than 300,000 deaths related to diabetes in our country. As an effect, Philippines become top 15 diabetes hotspot in the world.
Senator Villar’s call to switch to eating brown rice and vegetables will help us to prevent the illness. Brown rice carries high protein content, dietary fiber, Vitamins, and many other nutritional worth as compared to white rice.
Villar’s call is a wise economics to legislate the national diet and to help our economy grow. However, it’s up to the us if we will accept her call or not. After all, she knew that she could not stop people from gorging on unlimited servings of rice.