18 Aug Arsenic in rice, a reasonable perspective from John McDougall, MD
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Putting Pollution in Perspective, from John McDougall, MD
In reality, this basic element is unavoidable because it is naturally distributed throughout the soils and waters of our planet. Industries, especially those in mining and coal burning, and the uses in animal feed, pesticides, and wood preservatives, have made matters much worse by polluting our entire environment. Efforts to reduce significant exposure are crucial, but giving up rice should not be one of them.
In your pursuit of less arsenic in your rice, it’s helpful to know that rice purchased from California growers has about half the arsenic as rice produced in Louisiana.
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