You can mark eating Texas rice off your “eating local” grocery list. If you didn’t see the story on TV, consumer reports has a new study showing the rice from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas (about 76% of domestic rice) show significant levels of arsenic. In Texas and Louisiana, rice is grown in fields where cotton was once grown, and sprayed with arsenic to control the weevils. The arsenic is still in the soil.
Arsenic causes lung, skin, and bladder cancer. In unborn children, arsenic can interfere with brain development.
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