Rice is life. I did not say this. United Nations Says this. Last year, (2004) was celebrated as the International Year of Rice. The theme is "Rice is Life". In India, we south Indians eat more rice than our north counterparts. Still, rice is the staple food, and we cook for dinner here also! The special website lists the facts, culture, history of rice cultivation and what rice means to different countries. Worth a read! Look at the winners (with photos) of the photo-contest on the theme conducted by FAO listed here.