National Geographic : 1994 May
SANDWICHED BY HIS BURDEN,aricefarerstrdes through averitable city of straw stacks in China's Guizhou Province. Developing nations exploit the rice plant from root to leaf tip. Straw provides fuel and bedding as well as fodder for cattle. Skillful hands use it to fashion apparel, rope, bricks, handicrafts, and toys. Rice hulls cushion fragile goods during shipping, and bran yields an oil used for soaps and cosmetics.