Did China, India, Brazil, and Others, Counter IPCC Genocidal Attack on Rice Production?
May 4 (EIRNS): At the end of a week-long conference in Bangkok, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued an assessment report endorsed by the 100-plus attending nations.
To block such an assessment, which may have a binding effect, China, Brazil and India had put up a series of objections. The Indian delegation claimed that the IPCC assessment was "anti-development", while China made clear that adoption of the assessment would slow down China's absolutely essential growth and development and violate its national security.
According to Indian sources, both China and India were defending more than anything else their agricultural sector. The target of the hardcore anti-development elements in the IPCC were trying to put a limit on "methane-release" from the rice paddy cultivation. China and India are the largest rice producing nations on the world and both are populated with more than one billion people each. Food security goes hand-in-hand with development, observers pointed out.
IPCC was advocating the abandonment of the state-of-the-art rice-paddy cultivation method and was seeking a commitment from China and India to develop "improved rice cultivation techniques to reduce CH4 (methane) emissions." The compromise was struck with both China and India agreeing to "improvements of crop yields." Reference to CH4 emissions was kept out of the final document.