Below: White heron feeding on wildlife in a rice pond next to taro (PJM: Kyoto 13th. July 2023). Taro/rice pondfields in Japan still support some snails, frogs and small fish, though much biodiversity has been lost with the intensive use of herbicides and pesticides. In Southeast Asia, the cultivated wetlands are still a source of many wild foods (including fish and edible wild taros that are cooked and eaten together).
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