First broadcast February 2007
In this special series we look into a food stuff that many of us take for granted and buy from a supermarket without much thought. We're talking about rice.
Rice Bowl Tales is a series of four programmes exploring the importance of rice to Asian economies, and how the crop contributes to a sense of national identity.
The series is a co-production between BBC World Service and ABC Radio National in Australia.
Part One - China
In the first programme of the series our presenter Tony Barrell, is in China, the world's largest rice producer.
Tony talks to farmers, scientists and rice enthisiasts about what rice means to them.
We also meet a government guide who has never seen a rice field.
As the research scientists explain, China's new priorities are clear: more rice from less land, using less water and fewer chemicals.
The BBC Podcasts are for your personal non-commercial use only.
All title, ownership rights and intellectual property rights in and to the BBC Podcasts shall remain the property of the BBC or third parties.
You may not edit, alter, adapt or add to the BBC Podcast in any way.
The BBC Podcasts are made available by the BBC on an "as is" and "as available" basis and the BBC gives no warranty of any kind in relation to the BBC Podcast.
To the maximum extent permitted by law the BBC will not be liable for any loss or damage which you may suffer as a result of or connected to the download or use of the BBC Podcasts
See the full BBC Podcast: Standard Licence Terms here.