How is Rough Rice Used?
Rice is the primary staple for more than half the world's population. Asia and Africa are the largest consuming regions.
Rice is the one of the top three foods in the world. The world consumption of rice was 446 million metric tons of rice in 2010. It enjoys large demand and huge consumption in China and India. This means that only a small proportion of all the rice produced in the world is traded internationally and that too by tiny rice-producing countries like Thailand, Vietnam and the U.S.
India and China have increased consumption of rice, which implies that U.S. export of rice will likely increase in the future.
The U.S. rice consumption was 129 million cwt. Rice has been growing in popularity in the U.S., with annual per capita consumption at more than 30 pounds. Most of this is consumed directly, whereas some of it is used in processed foods, beer production and pet foods.
On average, an American eats 25 pounds of rice per year, whereas an Asian can eat over 200 to 400 pounds of rice a year. Rice provides between 35-80% of the total caloric intake of people in Asia.