WTF? The scene is worthy of a sales opening! Hundreds of ducks all running towards the same goal. But which one? A paddy field. Because ducks are particularly fond of leftover rice husks from the previous harvest,snails and that accompany the growth of rice. So, where duck there is, finish them . That’s good news, right? Especially since, as you can imagine, the ducks trample the ground. An effective way to stir the and to oxygenate the water in which it bathes. Their droppings are also used as fertilizer.
The method is ancestral. It comes to us from China. And it has been brought up to date by a Japanese rice farmer, Takao Furuno. That was in the 1980s. Today, he releases ducklings — because to do a good job, you need little ducks — in his rice paddies in June. In September, with the harvest, he recovers part of it for the laying of the following year. The others leave for the butchery or are released into the wild. The yields of organic rice grown in this way would be equivalent to those of conventional rice.
Today, the method has more and more followers. Including in France. And it’s good. Because let us remember all the same that the cultivation of rice is one of the most polluting. Its stagnant waters emit in particular(CH4), a powerful (GES). Each year, more than air transport! They also emit a significant amount of (N2O), another GHG with a much higher warming power than that of the famous CO2. But rice, unlike air travel, feeds her man. So what is needed is to find solutions for more virtuously. And doing without fertilizers and pesticides is probably a good start.