Rice is the staple crop for more than half of the world’s population. It is highly nutritious and contains high levels of fiber, Vitamins, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. Even though it is cultivated world-wide, Asia accounts for 90% of global rice consumption. For thousands of years, it has been an important cultivated crop for many Asian countries including China, Japan and India.
Furthermore, rice has been the foundation of all Korean meals and has played an integral part in Korean food culture, making rice cultivation widespread across the Korean peninsula. Across the country, Icheon is the most famous rice-producing region. It produces the best quality of rice on the Korean peninsula. In the past, it provided these high quality products to Kings and Queens. In order to celebrate the production of high quality rice and promote agriculture of the region, the Icheon Rice Cultural Festival takes place every year. It also has been selected as the top festival of Korea many times. This year marks the 19th edition since its first festival held in 1999. Under the theme of “Come here~ I want to eat,” a great number of programs and activities were prepared including the Icheon Rice Cooking Competiton, Iron Pot 2000 people 2000 won, Rainbow rice cake, global rice cul-ture experience, Turtle Race, Traditional Wedding, and knights martial arts. Visitors could have a meaningful day by experiencing traditional agricultural festivities. They also had a great opportunity to buy this year’s crop of Icheon rice.
Christine Kim Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. What is a staple crop of more than half the world's population?
2. What percentage of rice consumption does Asia account for?
3. When was the Icheon Rice Festival first celebrated?
1. What are the programs in the festival?
2. Why is Icheon famous?
3. Do you eat rice? How many times a day do you eat rice?