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May 5, 2008

Free Rice- Learn and Help -downside?

Filed under: food, found — Tags: , — wisterium @ 10:21 am

This may be old news, but for those of you who don’t know, Free Rice is a vocabulary game where you give rice to the needy through the United Nations World Food Program.

For each word you get right, we donate 20 grains of rice go to help the needy. I played the game and it wasn’t bad. There is something rewarding in playing a game thats altruistic, but I wonder if it’s too good to be true. I recognize that there has been lots of good press on this, and rightly so , since its well deserved. But I can’t help wondering if there is another side to this. I’d like to know where the money is so to speak and where they are getting the rice. Somehow I feel there is a hidden downside to all this. I’m not saying its a scam… it just seems too kind.
Recently there’s been a rise in world food prices that is affecting everyone, especially the poor in third world countries. The price of rice has also been raised and it can be seen even in superstores in the Americas and Canada. I wonder what the rise in rice prices means for the Free Rice program.
Reading the FAQ is a great thing to do, because it is very to the point and understandable as well as seeming down to earth. Don’t get me wrong, the program seems indisputable legit and I’m not bashing the site.

It honestly seems like a great idea and a great service. I just wish I knew more about what was going on and other benefits.