Rice Is One of Nature’s Great Poison Scavengers

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    Apr 19, 2014 3:01 PM GMT
    NYT: Consumers have already become alarmed over reports of rice-borne arsenic in everything from cereal bars to baby food. But it’s not just arsenic and cadmium, which are present in soil both as naturally occurring elements and as industrial byproducts. Recent studies have show that rice is custom-built to pull a number of metals from the soil, among them mercury and even tungsten.

    The rice plant has a well-designed system for taking up silicon compounds, or silicate, which help strengthen the plant and give stiffness and shape to its stems. Tissues generally referred to as phloem move such water-soluble nutrients throughout the plant.

    But that delivery system also inclines the plant to vacuum up arsenic compounds, which are unfortunately similar in structure to silicate. And the traditional methods of growing rice, which often involve flooding a field, encourage formation of a soluble arsenic compound, arsenite, that is readily transported by the rice plant.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/the-trouble-with-rice/?hpw&rref=health
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 19, 2014 3:04 PM GMT
    Are you trying to say that rice could possibly be hazardous to human healthicon_question.gif
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    Apr 19, 2014 3:18 PM GMT
    Eating a lot of rice grew in soil with metallic elements may be an issue for health.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 19, 2014 10:27 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidEating a lot of rice grew in soil with metallic elements may be an issue for health.
    Eating any type of food grown in soil contaminated with metallic elements could cause a serious health concern.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 19, 2014 11:23 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidI really don't know what to substitute though...
    Having your own orange tree is a positive start.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 20, 2014 3:49 PM GMT
    Truth be told, breathing most air these days is hazardous to our heath.
  • LJay

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    Apr 20, 2014 4:58 PM GMT
    I wonder if the Chinese know this.
  • Suetonius

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    Apr 30, 2014 10:37 PM GMT
    LJay saidI wonder if the Chinese know this.

    They might. Poisonous rice might keep the population from aging. They have an overpopulation problem.