When we talk about rice, we generally make just one distinction, which is between white rice and ‘brown’, or wholegrain rice. This is because very often we pay more attention to the type of product than to its actual quality. And that explains why only rarely do we hear any mention of residue-free rice.
The use of phytosanitary products, which include pesticides and herbicides, has a negative impact not just on the environment, but also on farm workers and consumers. Since these products are used to eradicate any insects that could compromise the harvest, they risk having harmful effects on the environment too. Phytosanitary products tend to accumulate in the top layers of the soil, much to the detriment of microbial life and the development of bacteria, algae, fungi and earthworms.
Apart from this direct contamination caused by the build-up of pesticides and herbicides in the soil, the repeated use of these products can also have devastating effects of the health of human beings and animals.
Farm workers, in addition to being exposed through the environment, are at risk of intoxication through inhalation, ingestion and skin contact.
And it doesn’t stop there! Even consumers, who have no actual direct contact with phytosanitary products, run grave risks by consuming food that contains even just residual traces of pesticides and herbicides. Recent studies have shown that the use of phytosanitary products in agriculture can have a significant impact on the development of tumours and malformations.
Risoinfiore, indeed, is the only company to publish full multiresidue analyses carried out on its end product. A product that is 100% made in Italy which, in addition to being free from phytosanitary residue, is grown using sustainable and conservation agriculture methods, with the use of renewable energy and “gentle” drying processes.
What’s more, in the semi-wholegrain version, which undergoes a single polishing phase, our Gloria rice retains up to 80% of the germ.