RISOINFIORE Gloria variety long-grain rice is certified “A RESIDUO ZERO” – i.e. “RESIDUE-FREE”, which means that it has undergone full multiresidue analysis and has been found to be FREE FROM ANY TRACE OF PHYTOSANITARY PRODUCTS (report available in the downloads section).
The Gloria (semi-dwarf early long A) variety of long-grain rice is characterised by high yields and a low percentage of defective grains.
The grains are subjected to limited processing to produce a “semi-wholegrain” rice. Specifically, they undergo just one phase of polishing in order to preserve a real “rice” flavour and keep as much as possible of the rich store of protein that is found in the outer layers of the kernel.
With an amylose level between 18 and 19%, the end product is an ideal risotto rice.
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.
As you will understand, rice farmed with the use of pesticides and herbicides poses a great risk to our health.
That is why, after years of fine-tuning, the Paola Fiore farm company, using next-generation molecules and minimising the use of crop treatments, sells rice that is 100% free from phytosanitary substances.
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.