Rice Is For the Birds with Paul Buttner

This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we welcomed Paul Buttner from the California Rice Commission to talk about how they’ve transformed the rice fields of the Sacramento Valley into a safe haven for millions of waterbirds, ducks and geese. Paul talks about his environmental journey from air pollution to wildlife conservation, and did the California Raisins steal all of rice’s thunder?

Rainbow on the Wetlands

At first glance you might consider this oily sheen reflecting the colors an environmental problem, but it is actually a natural phenomenon that occurs in wetlands and marsh. The oil is produced by microbes in the water and we tend to see it when it becomes concentrated, as it does in these isolated pockets.