Thursday, March 8, 2012

Get the Arsenic Out of Our Rice

You may have heard by now that a study by Dartmouth has shown high levels of arsenic in products like organic toddler formulas, cereal bars, and energy products. The common ingredient in these items in organic brown rice syrup.

Anna Hackman of Green Talk also found that a study in 2007 showed people who consumed more than the average amount of rice were being exposed to arsenic. If you are like me and eat a limited amount of meat you likely eat a lot of rice. Sometimes for lunch I just eat a big bowl of rice with a bit of cheese and we eat it often as a side or even the main dish for dinner.

So where is the arsenic coming from? Well it comes from soil that has been contaminated by arsenic based pesticides. The pesticides were used on cotton crops and now a lot of rice is now being grown on these old cotton fields. So even though these pesticides have been banned the arsenic is still in the ground.

Thankfully there are ways to protect yourself. Anna has a great post on her blog, Green Talk, about eating rice safely. Check that out and also sign Anna's petition on to tell the FDA, EU, and the rice industry to set arsenic limits for rice and by-products.

Photo Credit: babbagecabbage


Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

The biggest lesson I take from this debacle: conventional agriculture sucks and ruins the soil! Arsenic as a pesticide? Seriously?

Anna (Green Talk) said...

Thank you so much for posting my article. Some of the comments over on my website are so upsetting from moms who had their kids tested.

panamamama said...

Wasn't it only in rice that was from overseas? I know I buy only local rice (well, I do live in Arkansas and we grow a lot of rice here!) The bad thing is that we don't know where it's from in the brown rice syrup etc...

LPN programs in illinois said...

Rice is my Favorite Food.

Lisa Sharp said...

Betsy: True!

Anna: Your welcome, thanks for all your work!

Panamamama: The rice in Arkansas sounds like it maybe contaminated as well because it's grown on old cotton fields. Check out the links to the posts on Green Talk, she has great info.

LPN: One of mine as well. Thankfully I was already eating a safer kind of rice.


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