In Mazanderan, nothern Iran, the month of April is the month for transplanting rice. There is a lot of labor involved from planting to harvesting rice. The transplanting is mostly done by women and girls who work in the fields about 11 hours a day. For some of these workers, it takes hours more to commute from distant towns and villages to the rice fields.
Women working in the rice field in Babolsar, Iran
These women for different reasons such as poverty, lack of guardians, or addiction of their husbands, work for long hours under tough conditions in these fields. High humidity, cold weather, physical conditions during transplanting, contact with water contaminated with pesticides and fertilizers, take their toll on these women. Not only this impacts the women themselves, it may also have side-effects for their newborns.
These women workers, while producing rice at a high cost of suffering, they also produce a lot more happiness since they enliven themselves and others with the feeling of being useful and honorable. And they spread this feeling on the rice field, and it is thus that this rice won't be bitter.
... Payvand News - 05/02/11 ... --