A major greenhouse gas culprit is… rice?

rice paddy

Flooded rice paddies emit methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global-warming damage on a scale that eclipses coal-fired power plants, vehicular exhaust, and other sources of carbon dioxide.”There is no other crop that is emitting such a large amount of greenhouse gases,” said Reiner Wassmann, a climate-change specialist.

Anerobic bacteria decompose organic matter underwater in the flooded rice paddies, producing methane in the process. Changing the ways that rice is farmed will help, but obviously, this will be a massive undertaking, especially considering rice is a staple food for billions of people.