Lecture: Why Rice is Not Good for You

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Lectures

DSC 0496Scientist Dr. Eufemio Rasco Jr. delivered a public lecture on the topic, "Why Rice is Not Good for you" in UP Mindanao on August 24 to an audience led by Davao City Councilor Marissa Abella.  

Using research data, Dr. Rasco argued that rice production creates inequality between the majority of rice farmers who remain poor and the few rice industry players who are rich. Rice farmers, he said, also suffer from poor nutrition and health, occupational hazards, and low levels of mechanization. Rice production, likewise, generated high greenhouse gas emissions.
For consumers, he traced the effect of rice on the body, as it becomes glucose and the resulting effects to the skin, brain, arteries, blood pressure, nerve cells, kidneys, eyes, bones, and on virility. Using the glycemic index, he disclosed that white bread, pan de sal, and white rice are the worst, compared to  kamote and cassava which are the best.    

Instead, Dr. Rasco proposed a strategy of intensification, diversification, integration through a mix of less rice production with more of other food products: such as vertical integration with mushrooms, carabeef, and vermiculture; horizontal integration with ducks, tilapia, mungbeans, corn, soybeans, and other field crops; and similar integration with garlic, onion, cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, and other vegetables. In closing, he offered copies of his presentation, free of charge, to interested parties.

Anthro. Perspectives on IP-related Violence, 2015

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A symposium on the Lumad situation entitled "Anthropological Perspectives on Indigenous Peoples-related Violence" was organized by the Dept. of Social Sciences on 05 November 2015. Asst. Prof. Andrea Malaya Ragragio gave the Opening Remarks and the context of the symposium. Asst. Prof. Raymundo Pavo spoke on "Academic Vows" such as its engagement with the public life and the habit of asking questions. Assoc. Prof. Myfel Paluga spoke on "History of Alamara Violence", from the history of Talaingod municipality and its dynamics, and the continuing themes of marginalization, self-determination, and the paramilitary phenomenon. Inst. Sheila Tampos spoke on "Ginhawa sa Pangayaw", or the concepts of emotion and resolution in Lumad armed revolts and revenge killings. Assoc. Prof. Antonio Moran gave remarks on "Catching Non-Lumads with their constructs down", refering to the audience and the challenge posed before them. Reactions were given by Mr. Tyrone Velez, Prof. Paluga, and  members of the audience.

Davao Writers Workshop, 2015 (video links)

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Davao Writers Workshop 2015 is on-going from 27 to 31 October 2015 in Lispher Inn, Davao City. Dr. Rosario Cruz-Lucero delivered the Keynote Lecture “Fiction & History in the Era of the Selfie”. In the photo are (seated, left-right) workshop director Julian de la Cerna, panelists Prof. John Bengan, Prof. Jhoanna Cruz, Dr. Macario Tiu, Tita Ayala, guest panelist Dr. Rosario Cruz-Lucero, City Councilor Mabel Acosta, and Prof. Antonino de Veyra. The workshop fellows are: students Ram Manlatican, Saquina Karla Guiam and Angelie P. Angwani of Ateneo de Davao University; Ma. Jocedel Zulita, Czarina Nicole Lara Lanes and Belle Dominique Sunga of University of the Philippines Mindanao; Akiko Jane Cortel (Mindanao State University-Naawan) and Stella Acosta (Ateneo de Manila University); and professionals Jeany Mae Macalam (Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan), Genica Mijares (Marketing Manager), Norman Ralph Isla (Mindanao State University-General Santos), Mike Ariel Plaza (Father Saturnino Urios University), Jeopril Jane Pableo (Cor Jesu College) and Krishna Mie Zabate (Phil Science High School). The organizers were Davao Writers Guild, National Commission on Culture and the Arts, and U.P. Mindanao.

SEE AND HEAR THE VIDEOS: Welcome Remarks of Assoc. Prof. Jhoanna Cruz, President, DWW; Message of Councilor Maria Belen "Mabel" S. Acosta (10 mins.); Introduction of the Panelists by Workshop Director Julian de la Cerna; Introduction of the Guest Panelist/Keynote Speaker by Asst. Prof. John Bengan; Keynote Lecture by Dr. Rosario Cruz-Lucero: “Fiction & History in the Era of the Selfie” (excerpt, 13 mins.); The Selfie, the Writer and History (excerpt, 1:45 min);

Conference on Agribusiness and Cooperatives, 2015

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In celebration of the Centennial Year of Philippine Cooperatives, the University of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Cooperative Development Authority, is organizing the Joint International Conference on Agribusiness and Cooperatives. The joint conference is composed of two co-located conferences: the 7th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM 2015) and the 2nd International Conference on Cooperatives (ICOOP 2015), on 15-16 October 2015.

In the photo above are the participants led by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion and UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, seated center. There were 110 papers presented in the joint conference, of which 26 were from UP Mindanao. Earlier in 2015, 11 papers were published by UP Mindanao researchers, 17 were presented in conferences, and 11 new grants were awarded to research projects amounting to P4.9 Million.

ICAEM 2015
The conference provides a venue for scholars to present researches that deal with economic and management issues affecting the entirety or specific nodes within the agri-food chains, specifically those within the crops, fisheries, and livestock and poultry subsectors. The conference is organized by the Office of Research and School of Management (SOM), University of the Philippines Mindanao, and is financially supported by the UP Office of International Linkages (OIL). The conference accepts papers on the following tracks:

  •     Environmental policy and resource management
  •     Technologies for crop and animal improvement
  •     Farm (crop/animal) and fisheries management
  •     Supply chain management
  •     Value chain analysis
  •     Food security, trade, and agricultural policy
  •     Consumer studies
  •     Agri-product development and innovation
  •     Entrepreneurship and agri-industry development
  •     Agricultural education and extension
  •     Women in agribusiness

ICOOP 2015
ICOOP is organized by the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED), College of Economics and Management (CEM), University of the Philippines Los Baños, in cooperation with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). It is a fitting event for the celebration of the Centennial Year of Philippine Cooperatives. The conference will feature presentations in the following focal areas:

  •     Cooperative education and capability building
  •     Cooperative enterprise development
  •     Innovations and best practices in cooperative management
  •     Cooperative finance
  •     ICT/database management for co-operatives
  •     Women and youth in cooperatives
  •     Role of cooperatives in environmental sustainability
  •     Cooperatives and food security


"Bomen" Guillermo on the Filipino novel, 2015

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     Prof. Ramon "Bomen" Guillermo gave a talk on September 28 in U.P. Mindanao about his novel, "Ang Makina ni Mang Turing", published by U.P. Press and the recipient of the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Philippine Language conferred by the National Book Development Board in 2014.
     According to Prof. "Bomen", the novel is set in the historical period of Rizal and focuses on the game of "sungka" and on the search for a winning combination through the use of a machine, and other philosophical meditations.
     When asked, he confessed that he used the novel form, instead of the essay or non-fiction form, partly to amuse himself, and also to align the book to the tradition of the Filipino novel in the 1900-1930 period, which he referred to as "the golden age of the Filipino novel" wherein the novel served to introduce new ideas and to provoke discussions among the public.
     At the insistence of the audience, he read the opening, "Mula sa kinatatayuan natin ngayon, kinamamangha natin ang kamangmangan mga panauhin ng kasaysayan; tungkol sa kanilang sariling daigdig at panahon. Kapag nagbabasa ng mga kasaysayan ay umiiling-iling tayo habang pinagmamasdan silang lumulusob sa mga landas na nalalaman natin ngayon ay walang pinatutunguhan. Hindi natin sila mapipigilan habang sila'y tumatalon sa mga dagat na walang sukat ang kalaliman, o buong tiwalang lumulusob sa mga malaput na kumunoy na hindi na nila matatakasan. Natitiyak natin na ang mga eksperimento nila ay mabibigo kahit na ilang beses pang ulit-ulitin. Paulit-ulit itong mabibigo.
     Pero nakikita natin, sa hindi mabilang na halimbawa, na wala nang nilalang na mas matigas pa ang ulo kaysa sa isang tao na ayaw tumanggap ng pagkatalo. Bugbog-sarado, pikit na ang mga mata, basag ang mga buto ng mga daliri, nakahandusay sa maruming kanal, pero ang lagi pa ring sinasambit na parang nababaliw, 'Darating din ang araw na maglalaho ang mga inaapi at mang-aapi! Mababanaag ang pagkapantay-pantay ng sangkatauhan!'"
     In addition, Prof. "Bomen" showed a sheet of paper that showed the numbers to play in order to win a sungka game everytime, which, he said, forms part of the book. He disclosed that he used a computer to make millions of iterations in order to come up with the numbers to win.
     On the question of Filipino readership, he said that current studies showed that Filipinos bought an average of only 5 books a year --mostly on the Bible, romances, and cookbooks--while Malaysians, Indonesians, Vietnamese, and Singaporeans read much more. He said that Japan published 440,000 books in 2014 while the Philippines published only 5,000.    
     The talk of Prof. "Bomen" Guillermo was organized by A/Prof. Jhoanna Cruz (Dept. of Humanities) as part of their academic program improvement, and was attended by students of the BA English (Creative Writing) program, faculty members of the Humanities and of the Social Sciences, and Mr. Tyrone Velez, a columnist of Sun-Star Davao.

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