Rice is a primary source of food for energy consumed by almost half of the world population. Rice production is not only a matter of food production but in most Asian countries also demonstrates environmental, social and even spiritual values, or rural values. Innovation or introduction of new methods to develop paddy fields without bearing in mind these values might end up in failure. However, conventional methods, based on high yield varieties and intensive uses of artificial inputs, are also no longer acceptable, since they contribute to the degradation of natural resources and undermine rural values. Alternative or new methods of rice production are needed which will restore natural resources and rural values, while maintaining high productivities.

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