‘Ultra Rice’ Piloted As Way To Tackle Malnutrition
Ultra Rice, a rice-shaped pasta fortified with vitamins and mineralsÂ is “being produced and tested around the world as a potential solution to malnutrition,” according toÂ the Seattle Times. Produced byÂ the nonprofit PATH, Ultra RiceÂ is currently being piloted by the Indian and Brazilian governments inÂ lunch programs and by the U.N. World Food Program in Cambodia. Each grain of Ultra Rice is combined with approximately 100 grains of ordinary rice.
The newspaper notes that the “rice” is customized “to meet the needs of each country â€“ in India, that’s iron; in Brazil it’s a combination of micronutrients.” The price of the grain is “2 to 5 percent” higher than ordinary rice so “widespread distribution depends on government support and companies’ willingness to limit their profit margins.” The article traces the history of fortified rice back to 1985.Â Â PATH has “licensed the technology for free” to partners in Brazil, India and Columbia and works with local manufacturers to produce Ultra Rice (Heim, 7/24).