MOUNTAINS OF RICE: BEAUTY AND TOIL
NORTHERN LUZON, PHILIPPINES

Rice is best suited to a warm humid climate, fertile soil, and flat lands with plenty of water--exactly what the cool, steep mountainsides of northern Luzon do not provide.

Rather, rice is their preoccupation. 

They spend four times as many work days to produce rice as they do to produce sweet potato--but they eat twice as much sweet potato as rice. 

Its cultivation dominates their agriculture, their rituals, and their lives. 


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