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  1. So.... there has been a bit of an uproar lately about the amount of arsenic that has been found in rice and rice products.
  2. Read at least 2 articles (located under the "News and Articles" tab).
  3. Tell which articles you read. 
  4. What is your opinion about it? Tell what you think and support your thinking with data from the article(s). Your answer should be a paragraph long (about 5 sentences).
  • Here is the sentence breakdown...

  • You should have one sentence stating your opinion (sentence 1), one quote from an article that supports your opinion (sentence 2), one sentence that explains how the article quote supports your opinion (sentence 3), and a few sentences of your thinking that further explain your opinion and why you're correct (sentences 4 and 5+). 



 


sponge
10/02/2012 14:33

I read the article ''Reported arsenic levels in rice prompt concern'' and ''FDA Looks for Answers on Arsenic in Rice'' they were both different one says FDA is good and helping And the other says that the FDA(food and drug admin.) is bad and is not helping. MY thinking is that the FDA isn't doing anything about the rice problem because there is soo much money coming out of the rice. In the articles it said that louisiana and Texas rice has been grown in old cotton fields. Arsenic was put in the cotton fields to kill a pest, the boll weevil. The arsenic is still there and the rice absorbed it. I think that the FDA should care of the arsenic levels.

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Bull
10/03/2012 12:45

I read “The F.D.A Looks for Answers on Arsenic in Rice Article”, and “F.D.A Chart- Summary and Results From Rice Sampling”

I think that we should not stop eating rice, but to cut down on the amount of rice we consume. Also if you cut rice out of your diet there is a lot that you will miss. Such as:
cereals, beverages, rice cakes and many more.
I heard on the News that if you wash your rice you can get rid of a little arsenic. I read that based on data and scientific literature available now, FDA is not recommending that consumers change their consumption of rice and rice products at this time, and that people eat a balanced diet containing a wide variety of grains.

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Dragon
10/03/2012 13:29

I read the articles “Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh article”, “International Rice Research Institute's article on Arsenic in Rice”, and “Arsenic in Rice article (CBS)”.

I think that people don’t have to take out that much rice in their diet. “Most rice (around 90%) is produced and consumed in Asia, where it has been the primary staple for thousands of years and remains a valuable part of a healthy and nutritious diet. Rice consumption per person is very high in Asia with many people eating it two to three times a day.” This quote means that you can still eat rice as a regular food but you just have to watch what brands you’re eating. Bangladesh isn't a great brand to buy rice from because some places have high arsenic levels that can be toxic to humans. While in Asia rice has been a staple food for thousands of years without using the arsenic pesticides as they did in some places of the U.S. where they grow rice now. This all means that people don’t have to take out all the rice in their diet; they could switch the brand they buy for one that doesn't have high arsenic levels in the rice.

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Dolphin
10/03/2012 13:45

The 2 articles I read are, “Arsenic in Rice Article and Congress Limits Arsenic in Rice”.
In the article Arsenic in rice, the reporter tells what the arsenic can cause, such as diseases, lung, bladder and skin cancer. Also if a baby drinks rice milk or eats grains it can affect their brain and behavior. This article was really interesting it had a lot of facts and I liked it.
Congress Limits Arsenic in Rice article was about how 3 congressmen are trying to pass a bill to limit the amount of Arsenic in grains. This article was kind of boring but I liked how the 3 congressmen are trying to pass the bill.
In Conclusion I liked the Arsenic in Rice Article more then the Congress Limits Arsenic in Rice because it had more facts about the effects the arsenic can cause.

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10/03/2012 13:48

I believe that the levels of arsenic in rice are horrifyingly large and very hard to avoid. “When there was cotton there they had to treat the cotton with arsenic pesticides to control the bowl weevil," he said. "Now a century later, that arsenic is still in the soil, the rice is very effective at pulling it out of the soil in and it concentrates in the rice.” This quote was pulled out of CBS.com called “Reported Arsenic Levels in Rice Prompt Concern”. This quote is about how people many years ago people farmed rice in the fields and one of the pesticides that they used was arsenic, which we now know can cause skin, lung and bladder cancer if ingested in large doses over a period of time. I personally do not want to die of these illnesses and I cannot think of anybody else who would want to do that either. Another thing that supports my thesis statement is a result from a chart on the official Food and Drug Administration (FDA) webpage is that in Brown Natural Whole Grain rice there is 11.1 grams of arsenic! I am going to stop eating brown rice altogether just because of that effective now. Lets just say that I loved brown rice and I had a 1 serving of rice twice a week for a year and that just stopped eating it for whatever reason, I would have eaten around 1154.4 grams of arsenic! My point was that even though I don’t eat rice a lot I still have been exposed to arsenic poisoning which is a big threat to living a long healthy life. That means that peoples lives are at risk and that this issue is very important.

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Walrus
10/03/2012 14:30

I read the articles “Arsenic in Your Food”, and “RICE Act: Congressmen Plan to Introduce Bill That Would Limit Arsenic Levels in Rice” the article, “Arsenic in Your Food” quotes “arsenic levels were higher in the brown rice than in the white rice of the same brand in all cases.” I think people should stop eating brown rice products. Rice is a staple food item in many cultures. Many Asian, Latin American, and so many other people eat rice on a daily basis in the US. The government shouldn’t take away all rice products. However they should leave a few white rice products on the market so that rice does not have to be taken out of our lives completely and people’s health will be less at risk.

Sincerely
The Walrus
Cu-cu-ca-chu!

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Unicorn
10/03/2012 14:30


I read the articles “RICE Act: Congressmen Plan To Introduce Bill That Would Limit Arsenic Levels In Rice” and “Arsenic in rice?”

I think people should stop eating rice, [until this is fixed] and that it is a good idea to limit the amount of arsenic. “The federal government has an obligation to every American family to ensure that the food they consume is safe and should not make them sick. This is not the first time we have been alerted to the dangers of arsenic, and quite simply we must do more to ensure that our food supply is safe. This bill is a step in that direction.” This quote proves my point because it is saying it is a good idea to make a law that limits arsenic levels in rice and it says people should make sure the food they eat is safe. I definitely think that it isn’t good that baby cereal has a high level of arsenic. That is why I think it is good to stop eating rice.

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squid i'm not sure i'm the one with the wierd hair
10/03/2012 14:53

I think you shouldn't eat rice. In the article arsenic in your rice and consumer reports they say and i quote. "I am going to tell parents to practice to avoid rice". I agree with consumer reports and cbs that people should not eat rice from america. I would go with chinese or indian rice way better for you!

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Mammoth
10/03/2012 16:03

Arsenic in Rice
I read the Articles “Arsenic in Rice” and “Consumer Reports Arsenic in Your Food”. I think everybody should lower the amount of rice from their meals a bit. In the article he said "Stay with California rice, stay with Asian rice or when in doubt go with barley, go with oatmeal”. The article explains that you don’t have to completely drop rice from all your meals, he said you should try to get a different brand from California or Asian rice. Or if you aren’t even that concerned maybe cut half of the rice from your meals. In my opinion I would either drop rice or limit it.

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Otter
10/03/2012 16:36

The article that I read was called the “Consumer Reports Arsenic in Rice”. The quote that helped me understand what was going on was, “Arsenic in our juice”. This quote helped my point because if every kid in the world drinks rice milk, juice, or even eats a box of cereal they are taking the risk of getting cancer. I, for one, think this is why there should be a law passed so that there is no arsenic in the rice we eat. There should be more information in the newspapers so people will know and can protect themselves.

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Swan
10/03/2012 17:02

I read the articles, "Arsenic in Rice" and "Arsenic Levels in Rice". Until I here that I should not eat rice at all, I'll continue to eat rice but only a little more cautiously. This is my quote:
"Based on the currently available data and scientific literature the FDA does not have an adequate scientific basis to recommend changes by consumers regarding their consumption of rice and rice products".
The quote I chose definitely supports my statement in the beginning. Therefore, I'll continue to eat rice and rice products but I'll refuse to eat rice from the USA.

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Sea Lion
10/04/2012 14:00

I read the articles, “FDA Looks for Answers on Arsenic in Rice” and “RICE Act: Congressmen Plan to Introduce Bill that Would Limit Arsenic Levels in Rice”.
I think people should still eat rice, but not every day. In the first article it says, “The FDA is not recommending that consumers change their consumption of rice and rice products at this time, but that people eat a balanced diet containing a wide variety of grains.” This quote supports my opinion because it says how much rice people should consume. The FDA is a government agency that does research on substances that could be harmful to consumers. Since the FDA is a government agency, it is a reliable source to look at to stay healthy.

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Platypus
10/04/2012 15:34

I think that the problem with the arsenic is very bad. I read this article from the CBS news and it said “Arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer, Landrigan said. He added that arsenic is also very harmful to babies' brain development. If a baby is exposed to arsenic in the womb because the mother is eating arsenic or if a baby ingests arsenic in the first months of life in cereal, rice milk or other food, the arsenic could interfere with brain development, reduce the child's intelligence, and cause behavioral problems.” What it was saying is that if the arsenic was put in a baby at a time when they were ether in the womb because the mother is eating arsenic, or if a baby has it in the first meals in cereal, rice milk or other food, the arsenic could make them autistic, or make them end up like August in the book “Wonder”. It is also bad because in the same article it said that “The FDA has released a statement on arsenic, saying, "Based on the currently available data and scientific literature the FDA does not have an adequate scientific basis to recommend changes by consumers regarding their consumption of rice and rice products". I think that they should do more tests and research and get more information so that we don’t have to worry!

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Duck
10/04/2012 16:28

I think it is very bad that there is arsenic in our rice that humans are eating every day. I read “Arsenic in your Food” and “Arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh Institutes”. One quote from the article that I read is, “Arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer, Landrigan said. He added that arsenic is also very harmful to babies' brain development.” This quote explains my thinking because it would be bad if everyone who eats rice would get different types of cancer. I hope that one day scientists can find a way to get rid of the arsenic in the rice, so people can eat it without getting cancer.

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Otter
10/04/2012 16:55

For my second article I read Arsenic in Rice (CBS). One quote that really got me thinking was, “Asked about the difference between his statements that warn against rice and the FDA's that do not, Landrigan said, "(The FDA) are doing the right thing by saying they are doing a study and they will get there”. This quote meant that the FDA is at least trying to fix this situation. However in the mean time people have to protect themselves and decide whether or not to eat rice. After reading this article I can conclude that arsenic in rice is a big problem but we as a community need to get the word out there so we can protect families and the next generation.

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dolfin
10/04/2012 18:17

I read the Article about the RICE Act and the FDA chart. I was surprised that there is so much Arsenic in the food that we eat every day. There was more Arsenic in some types of Rice than what is allowed in one liter of water. High levels of Arsenic can be dangerous to people over a period of time. I think the FDA should test all rice products before putting them on the market. That is why the FDA should ban harmful products until a solution is found.

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Basilisk
10/04/2012 18:44

I read the articles, “Arsenic in rice?” and “RICE Act: Congressmen Plan To Introduce Bill That Would Limit Arsenic Levels In Rice”. My opinion on the uproar about the amount of arsenic found in rice and rice products is that people should still keep eating as much rice as they want if they want to. They will have themselves who they will have to blame if something bad happens to relating to the rice. I do think that on the front of rice packages and rice related products they should make it say how much arsenic may be in it and where it came from. “In New Jersey, only 5 micrograms of inorganic arsenic are allowed for every liter of water,” I think this should be enforced in all states and a bit more forcefully so that people don’t get too badly poisoned in any way. I feel that the government shouldn’t be the only people working on figuring out a solution to the problem of high arsenic levels in rice. I think that since the U.S is a democracy that we as Americans should vote or choose in some way and have some consent on what would be the best thing to do about the high arsenic levels and what the impact is on the people of the U.S.

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Whale
10/05/2012 12:08

Quote “Arsenic not only is a potent human carcinogen but also can set up children for other health problems in later life.”

The two articles I read were “Consumer Reports Arsenic in Your Food” and “Arsenic in Rice”. I had a flash back on the first article I read I used to eat rice so much since we are Spanish and have rice with every meal that this article made me so scared once I read that It contained arsenic. I read that arsenic cause’s lung, skin and bladder cancer, it’s also very harmful to baby’s brain development. I don’t think it is a good thing to continue to eat rice till the FDA approves it because it can cause all those things. The quote that I found supports my opinion. I think that because let’s say a 5 year old child has been drinking a rice beverage since she was 2 it will probably cause health problems later on in her life, that is what the quote says. My last opinions on the articles I read were that they were really helpful, really interesting, and surprising.

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Porcupine
10/06/2012 08:42

People should stop eating rice and rice products for a while. I read the articles, “Arsenic in Food” and, “Arsenic Levels in Rice”. I would never have thought that so many things I eat every day, have arsenic in them. “Though rice isn’t the only dietary source of arsenic—some vegetables, fruits, and even water can harbor it—the Environmental Protection Agency assumes there is actually no “safe” level of exposure to inorganic arsenic.” If the Environmental Protection Agency says that there is no “safe” level of inorganic arsenic, then I think that until America does something about this, people should stop eating so much rice and rice products. In that same article it said that some juices and water have arsenic in them. If even water has arsenic in it, than nothing is truly safe to eat or drink. Hopefully, this crisis will be over soon, but until then, be more careful about what you eat.

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Rat
10/07/2012 16:46

I'm talking about arsenic levels in rice, and the articles I read are:"Reported Arsenic Levels in Rice Prompt Concern" and "Arsenic in Rice?". I believe that the people of the world should stop eating rice until it says where the rice is from. A reason why I say that is in the CBS article it states "Arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer". It supports my opinion because these are all bad diseases that are preventable by knowing where the rice is from, because if you know it's from around those cotton fields you don't buy it. And that's why I believe that saying where the rice is from on the package can help people.

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Screech Owl
10/08/2012 10:08


After reading the articles “Reducing arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh”, by Louise Russell from UNICEF and Consumer Report’s “Arsenic in your food”, I have failed to find any confirmed cases of arsenic poisoning from food. In the Bangladesh article there were 40,000 confirmed cases of arsenicosis, which can become cancerous over time. Those cases are, as the article states “It’s because of our water”. It is known what levels of arsenic is toxic when in our water, therefore the government regulates it. Science has yet to discover the information behind arsenic levels in our food and when it becomes dangerous. I believe it is wrong to criticize these companies or the government until there is further research done.

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Rabbit
10/08/2012 11:04

I read the two articles, "Arsenic in Rice (CBS)" and " Congress Limits Arsenic in Rice (R.I.C.E Act). From the articles I think that everyone should just be smart and avoid rice. I chose the quote, "Arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer, Landrigan said. He also added that arsenic is very harmful to babies' brain development." The quote from the article supports my opinion because cancer is a terrible thing and we haven't found a cure for it yet. So people that are continuing to eat rice because they think its ok are getting a greater chance of getting cancer. Yeah, we don't know if this is true but what if it is true? Then all those people that ate the rice have a chance of getting cancer and their babies will have a hard time with brain development. I think that when a doctor tells you that something is harmful and can do all this terrible stuff it is just better to stay on the safe side and avoid what they are talking about. Avoiding rice at this time is just being safe and we all should always be safe if it's up to us.

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Horse
10/08/2012 18:11

“The USA Rice Federation tells consumers that there is no reason to be concerned about arsenic in food”-USA Rice Federation. But I think arsenic is really dangerous, especially because it affects everyone, not only people but also babies .High levels of arsenic were found in foods that babies consume. When four baby cereals were tested they found out that some brands of cereal had the highest and the lowest amount of arsenic. I think they should take these brands off the market because they have no way of knowing which box is ok and which isn’t. I used consumer reports Arsenic in Your Food and Arsenic in Rice (CBS).

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squirrel
10/09/2012 13:09

Arsenic Rice

I feel like that you should try to not to eat rice any more. At least the rice from Texas, Louisiana and Missouri because they are supposed to have the highest levels of arsenic. “The smart thing to do is to be concerned and just avoid rice” said Dr. Philip Landrigan a pediatrician at the New York’s Mount Sanai School of medicine. That’s just one doctor that is saying that you should stop eating rice, there is many more doctors who are saying the same thing. I feel like you should try not to eat rice anymore.

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Lynx
10/09/2012 13:49

I read the articles: “International Rice Research Institute’s Article on Arsenic in Rice” and “Arsenic in Rice Article (CBS)”. I think that if we try to only eat rice grown in Asia or California we will be okay. In the two articles I read it says that “90% of the rice is produced and consumed in Asia and it remains perfectly healthy with people eating it 3 or 4 times a day”. In the other article it says: “rice from Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana has a lot of arsenic in them”. I think a solution to this problem is to do something about it like stop selling most rice grown in Texas or Missouri. Or at least have where it was grown written on the package. I think that some law makers are trying to put a limit to the rice with arsenic currently. The next time I have rice, I will look for where it was grown.

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Howler Monkey
10/09/2012 14:21

I think that everybody should stop eating rice until it has been proved to be safe to eat. I read “International Rice Research Institute's article on Arsenic in Rice” and I read “Consumer Reports Arsenic in Your Food article.” I have a quote from Consumer Reports that supports my opinion. Consumer Reports said “In virtually every product tested, we found measurable amounts of total arsenic in its two forms.” Since arsenic has been found in so many brands I think that everybody should stick to eating a variety of foods that don’t include rice. Is the FDA a reliable source? The FDA is not a reliable source according to “Consumer Reports”.

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Gold Fish
10/09/2012 14:22

The articles I read were Arsenic in Rice (CBS) and The FDA Chart- Summary of Results from rice sampling. I think that arsenic in rice can result to very bad things unless you limit the amount of rice you eat. In the article, it said that “arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer. If a baby is exposed to arsenic, it could interfere with brain development, reduce the child's intelligence, and cause behavioral problems.” That is important to know because if you keep eating a lot of rice, it could be bad for your health. If babies keep on drinking a lot of rice milk, it could be dangerous. Another fact I learned from the article is to “limit the amount of rice you eat, but you don't have to cut it out entirely.” When I was looking at The FDA Chart- Summary of results from rice sampling article, I noticed that people ate a lot of rice. I feel people are eating too much rice and I hope people won’t become to sick from arsenic. That is why it is important to limit the amount of rice your eating, or you could get lung, skin or bladder cancer.

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barrucuda
10/09/2012 14:46

The articles I read were called; Reported Arsenic Levels in Rice Prompt Concern, and; Consumer Reports Arsenic in Your Food.
My opinion about the arsenic in rice concern is that, people who love rice don’t have to stop eating rice. As pediatrician Landrigan says, “Stay with Californian rice or stay with Asian rice. When in doubt, go with barley or go with oatmeal”. The article quote supports my opinion by the first sentence (“stay with California rice or stay with Asian rice”). To further explain my opinion is that, when people find out there is arsenic levels rice, they don’t have to stop eating rice. Because the arsenic in the rice is mostly found in the Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana rice fields.

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Hippo
10/09/2012 16:46

“Arsenic in Rice?” By International Rice Research Institute

“Reported Arsenic Levels in Rice Prompt Concern” By CBS News


The two articles that I decided to read are “Arsenic in Rice?” and “Reported Arsenic Levels in Rice Prompt Concern”. My opinion on the whole Arsenic in rice situation is to maybe limit the rice that I eat. I would mostly stay on the safe side for this one; I would do that because Arsenic can have such a bad effect on you. Some things that it can do to you are cause you lung, bladder and skin cancer. It can also have a big effect if you are pregnant. It can mess up the baby’s brain development. I just think it is too big of a risk to keep eating big amounts of this because it can affect you in such terrible ways.

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wombat
10/09/2012 16:52

I think that we shouldn’t go to extremes because we found some arsenic in our rice. In the article “Congress Limits Arsenic in Rice” it said that “FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says consumers shouldn't stop eating rice, though she does encourage a diverse diet just in case”. That means that the F.D.A doesn’t think that we should go to extremes with this new knowledge that there is arsenic in our rice. Personally I think that changing our diet is a little extreme but that is just my opinion.

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jellyfish
10/09/2012 16:57

I think that people should be trying to avoid rice grown in America. One reason is “We already know that high concentrations of arsenic in drinking water result in the highest known toxic substance disease risks from any environmental exposure.” This means that even if they hadn’t run tests on the rice, that arsenic is proved to cause diseases. I do think that if you eat rice in moderation it will not harm you because it still has not been proven to be that bad if you eat it a little at a time. Although arsenic is proven to cause diseases if eaten or drunk in large amounts, you can still eat it in smaller quantities.

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Tiger
10/09/2012 17:57

Arsenic in Rice


I think that people should not have to cut rice completely out of their diet. I think this because not all rice has a high level of arsenic in it. Only the ones in Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri. This is a quote from Dr. Philip Landrigan,
"Stay with California rice, stay with Asian rice”. This quote is saying that you can still eat rice but, not the kinds with arsenic in it. If people cut rice completely out of their diets it destroys traditions and makes some diets become unbalanced.Some traditional foods for different heritages involve lots and lots of rice. Some people eat rice every single day. That’s why I think people shouldn’t have to cut rice out of their diet.

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Phoenix
10/10/2012 13:10

I read the articles “Arsenic in Rice” and “Arsenic in Your Food”. My opinion is that arsenic in your rice is bad, and you should find alternatives such as barley and bulgur wheat. "The smart thing to do is to be concerned and not do it. ... Just avoid the rice." That is a quote from “Arsenic in Rice”. It shows my opinion because it states that you should avoid rice, and probably find alternatives. My opinion is what it is because arsenic is bad for you. It is bad for you because it causes cancer and effects a baby’s brain development as well. That is why I think you should avoid rice all together.

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snake
10/10/2012 13:34

I read articles “Arsenic in Rice?” and “Reported arsenic levels in rice prompt concern”. And after reading these two articles makes me think that arsenic shouldn’t be grown in places like texas that grew cotton a century ago. As states the C.B.S consumer reports. “The arsenic enters into the rice when it is grown, according to Dr. Philip Landrigan, a pediatrician at New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He explained the rice with the highest levels of arsenic is from Texas and Louisiana, and along the Gulf coast where fields were used to grow cotton a century ago.”` this means that texas and Louisiana should NOT grow rice unless they want to go broke either by lawsuits or boycott. The article “Arsenic in rice?” states that rice grown in asia is healthy. Food safety and the health of rice consumers are very important issues for IRRI. Our assessment of current research indicates that there is no evidence to show that people should stop eating rice grown in Asia because of concerns about arsenic.
The reason why I believe i am correct is because the article “Reported arsenic levels in rice prompt concern” it SAYS not to eat rice from texas and Louisiana because they grew cotton. so they have the pesticides to keep the cotton-eating bugs away. the pesticides are still in the soil, getting picked up by the rice. That is why i believe i am correct.


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starfish
10/10/2012 13:40

Articles: Arsenic in Rice (CBS) and Consumer Reports Arsenic in Your Food

I believe that arsenic can be very harmful and that we should be careful about how much of it we eat. In the article it states "Arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer, Landrigan said. He added that arsenic is also very harmful to babies' brain development." It also says "The smart thing to do is to be concerned and not do it. ... Just avoid the rice." These statements both prove that arsenic in rice is a serious problem. If something like this can cause cancer, we should try to avoid it, because it's so easy to switch to non-rice made foods, and cancer is not something that can be easily fixed. I also think that we shouldn't be giving it to babies if it can cause so much damage to them. This is why I think we should try not to eat rice products for a little while, until it is proven not harmful.

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Mockingjay
10/10/2012 14:43

I’m reading the two articles the Arsenic in Rice and the (Consumer Reports) Arsenic in Your Food article. I think that both articles have the same hypothesis which is there’s arsenic in rice. The two passages that I read explains how much rice should be consumed and what the effects of arsenic are. In the Arsenic in Rice article, Landrigan said it's smart to limit the amount of rice you eat, but that you don't have to cut it out entirely. That proves that having a little bit of arsenic is okay. “No federal limit exists for arsenic in most foods”, states Consumer Reports. The limit is for those who choose to eat less arsenic. “Arsenic not only is a potent human carcinogen but also can set up children for other health problems in later life”, says C.R. I suggest not avoiding, but limiting the products you purchase with arsenic in it.

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Ostrich
10/10/2012 16:03

I think that people should stop eating rice until the FDA says it is safe. The articles I read are , Reported arsenic levels in rice prompt concern, and RICE Act: Congressmen Plan To Introduce Bill That Would Limit Arsenic Levels In Rice. In the article Reported arsenic levels in rice prompt concern Dr. Philip Landrigan states, "In the mean time parents, grandparents, consumer have to be intelligent. ...I'm a pediatrician dealing with parents and babies one at a time. And the advice I'm going to be giving parents in my practice is avoid rice." This statement tells us that we should avoid rice until the FDA says that rice is okay to eat. Arsenic can cause skin, lung, and bladder cancer, it will effect babies' brain development. Landrigan says that we should limit the amount of rice we have in our diet.

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Hedgehog
10/10/2012 16:06


I think that people don't need to stay away from rice made in the the U.S. due to the levels of arsenic in them. I think this because it clearly states in the article FDA Looks for Answers on Arsenic in Rice that while there is a level of arsenic in rice, there is no need to completely eliminate rice from your diet. The article states "FDA is not recommending that consumers change their consumption of rice and rice products at this time, but that people eat a balanced diet containing a wide variety of grains". In my opinion it is the FDA's job to make sure the foods in the american diet are safe to eat,so according to the FDA's message that we don't have to change our diet. In the article it also states that until the FDA has finished the tests on the rest of the rice products they will determine whether or not to issue other recommendations. Since the FDA is a federal organization designed to protect us I think no one has to change their diet until further notice.

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Kangaroo
10/10/2012 16:17

I read the consumer reports article about arsenic in rice.
According to the article, I think people should eat less rice products but not stop entirely. “We suggest limiting the consumption of rice products.”
The quote says that they suggest limiting rice consumption. And my opinion is that people should eat less rice products but not stop entirely.
If you eat less rice products you are less likely to consume a high amount of arsenic

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Cloud Panther
10/10/2012 16:26

I think that the levels of arsenic in rice are dangerously high, and that the government should make a law that states that only a certain amount of arsenic should be permitted in rice. “The Consumer Reports investigation turned up inorganic arsenic levels as high as 8.7 micrograms”. This article states that arsenic levels in rice can be as high as 8.7 micrograms this is surely way to high I mean in New Jersey they only permit 5 micrograms of carcinogen in a liter of water, like seriously! Some reasons that the government should make this law are because arsenic can cause lung, skin and bladder cancer. Another reason is because if a baby is exposed to arsenic in the womb or in the first month of its life than the arsenic can interfere with the baby’s brain development, reduce the child’s intelligence, and cause behavioral problems. This is why I think that the government should pass the law concerning the levels of arsenic in rice.

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Panda
10/10/2012 16:59

I read “FDA Looks for Answers” and “Arsenic in Rice”.

I don’t agree with the FDA. I think we should act more like England. When a food is dangerous they take it right off the shelves. Unfortunately we don’t take it right off the shelves. What I found interesting was that the brown rice is actually worse for you than white. It says in the article that the arsenic in the rice comes from where it was grown. It was used to keep a bug called the Boll Weevil away from the cotton plants. “Centuries later the arsenic is still in the soil from the cotton plant” CBS says. Now there is arsenic in apple juice. that’s why I don’t agree with the FDA.

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octopus
10/10/2012 17:21

After reading the two articles Arsenic Levels in Rice? and Reported Arsenic Levels in Rice Prompt Concern, I think that we should all avoid or limit they amount of rice we eat.The reason I think that is because after reading the two articles one of the things that really stood out to me was in Reported Arsenic Levels in Rice Prompt Concern. The thing that shocked me was that it had said "arsenic can causes lung, skin, bladder cancer, and it is very harmful to babies' brain development". I think that after seeing all the things arsenic can cause, I strongly think we should either avoid rice or at least limit the amount of rice we eat. Something that we should think about is how you do not see the results immediately but in the long run and it can cause very dramatic problems that can be very serious.

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Shway
10/10/2012 17:32

I read the two articles “Congress Limits Arsenic in Rice” and “Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh”.

First of all, I didn’t even know that arsenic was even in rice, and now I think it’s ridiculous HOW MUCH OF IT is in the awesome rice I eat almost every day at dinner. "The idea that high levels of arsenic, a known carcinogen, are present in rice, cereal and other common, everyday foods is absolutely outrageous." Rosa DeLauro, Congress Representative, said in a statement. Even a Congress Rep. agrees with me! I think it is mandatory to put a bill on rice, even though I love it to death.

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Panther
10/10/2012 17:44

I believe that people should eat as little rice and rice products as possible because arsenic has been found in rice. The Consumer Reports article, arsenic in your food, says people who ate rice had arsenic levels that were 44 percent greater than those who had not. As you can see if you eat less rice you will get less arsenic in your body. Arsenic is a cancer causing agent linked to lung and other cancers. It can also cause other health problems. Even though there may be some safe rice, the risk that it may contain arsenic is not worth taking a chance by eating it.

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Rhino
10/10/2012 18:39

I read the articles “FDA looks for answers on arsenic in rice” and “Reported Arsenic Levels in Rice: Prompt Concern”.  After reading the articles, I don’t think that people should stop eating rice products, but I do think they should limit the amount they consume.  FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said, “Our advice right now is that consumers should continue to eat a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of grains – not only for only for good nutrition but also to minimize any potential consequences from consuming any one particular food.” People should balance their diets, instead of eating a lot of rice.  If rice is a big part in someone's diet, they can try to find other foods that can serve as a substitute.

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Fish
10/10/2012 18:48

Arsenic in rice article (CBS)
Consumer Reports Arsenic in Your Food Article

I think that this toxic in the food that we eat is very unhealthy. I think that if farmers knew that there were Arsenic problems in the past, the toxic could still be there. The farmers were pretty careless. I also think about the people who have to eat gluten free products which are mostly made out of rice. The article clearly states that if a pregnant woman eats something with Arsenic, the toxins could get in the way of the child’s development. The article also said that Arsenic could also cause skin, bladder and lung cancer. Arsenic is very bad for the body and that it could affect our everyday lives in severe ways.

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eagle
10/10/2012 19:04

I read the article, International Rice Research Institute's article on Arsenic in Rice, and Arsenic in rice chart.
I think that people who have rice on a daily basis should start to read what is in their rice. People in asia or somewhere that has arsenic rice cant stop eating it because that is practicaly what they eat for every meal!. If I was addicted to rice I would stop eating brown rice. I think the fda is a bit screwed up, although they are trying to fix the arsenic in rice problem, wich is good. All in all this arsenic in rice thing is going to affect supermarkets because people wont be buying as much rice as they used to.

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Mouse
10/10/2012 20:38


I think that I will probably stop eating rice a lot, I'm still going to eat rice just not as much. "When there was cotton there they had to treat the cotton with arsenic pesticides to control the bowl weevil,"  "Now a century later, that arsenic is still in the soil, the rice is very effective at pulling it out of the soil in and it concentrates in the rice."The article I read was arsenic in rice CBS news this article convinced me that rice is bad for you because of arsenic. Which was used to grow cotton in the past. The arsenic is still in the soil which we grow our rice in but that is only rice from here. In places like china and Japan there rice is fine because they don't grow cotton in the same fields as they do with rice .

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blue jay
10/11/2012 04:14

I think that they should take out the rice and then until they approve its good. One example is, white rice is grown in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas, which account for 76 percent of domestic rice. Generally it had higher levels of total arsenic in our tests than rice samples from elsewhere. Another thing is that the rice is so inorganic is that the highest ratio should go up to is 1.2 and one of the rice was 11.1. Those were some reasons why the rice should be taken out until its good and healthy.

The 2 articles that I used are the FDA Chart- Summary of results from rice sampling and the Consumer Reports Arsenic in Your Food article.

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seahawk
10/11/2012 04:30

I believe that there is arsenic in rice but you should keep eating it. The reason I think that is because the FDA says" keeps eating it, we haven't found anything wrong with the rice yet." What the FDA says completely supports my thought; because they're doing change you're diet. If the government says that you don't need to do anything about it until they find anything wrong with it I'm okay with that. I trust my government, because they're required to tell us the truth.

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10/11/2012 08:46

The articles I read were “Arsenic in Rice article (CBS)” and “Consumer Reports Arsenic in Your Food article”. My opinion to these two articles is that the FDA should cut rice that contains too much arsenic . “Arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer, Landrigan -a pediatrician at New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine- said.” This bad and I think that people should be cautious of what types of rice they eat. Rice from North America, including Texas and Louisiana are especially bad. If we keep on eating this amount of arsenic, a lot of people will get cancer and it is very dangerous to babies’ brain development. This is why I think that we should stop eating this much arsenic.

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Falcon
10/11/2012 12:25

I think that the USA government should ban the selling of rice grown in arsenic-rich soil. Some places being: Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana, to name some examples. Eating or consuming this arsenic, according to Dr. Philip Landrigan, a pediatrician, "Arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer." If the arsenic causes all these serious problems, it confuses me as to why the USA government and FDA haven't banned the rice yet. Also, if babies have the arsenic rice, they could develop brain and behavior problems that could stay with them their entire life. Bad for babies, and causes cancer, the USA officials better either ban the rice or test it enough to prove its safe or we are going to be in big trouble!

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Kangaroo
10/11/2012 12:47

I read the consumer reports article about arsenic in rice.
According to the article, I think people should eat less rice products but not stop entirely. “We suggest limiting the consumption of rice products.”
The quote says that they suggest limiting rice consumption. And my opinion is that people should eat less rice products but not stop entirely.
If you eat less rice products you are less likely to consume a high amount of arsenic

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gorilla
10/11/2012 12:57


The two articles I read were the “Reported arsenic levels in rice prompt concern” from CBS and “FDA Looks for Answers on Arsenic in Rice” from the FDA. I think that people should stop eating the rice. I think that because it can cause cancer and it is terrible for you. An example from the article is “Arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer.”Landrigan said. It can be very bad for kids. So I think that until the FDA says that rice is good to eat, I won’t eat it until then. It causes a lot of behavioral problems and interferes with brain development. I think it is really bad that there is poison in rice. People should eat rice from other places like Asia. Arsenic can make you very sick and it does not agree with your body. It causes many health problems. That is why I think that people should not eat rice.



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Muskrat
10/11/2012 13:39

The two articals I read were "Reported arsenic levels in rice prompt concern" and "International Rice Research Institute's article on Arsenic in Rice". In the CBS artical there is a good quote from the person who is write the artical and it is "And the advice I'm going to be giving parents in my practice is avoid rice." I think this quote means until they know more about this topic get rice from asia. In the other artical I read it also said "the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute are investigating this to help reduce the arsenic levels in rice". This is really good because we don't know to much about this topic and people are investigating this topic.

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Flamingo
10/11/2012 13:45

I think that people should still be allowed to eat rice but only from specific places. For example rice from Asia and California because these places rarely grow cotton. Articles say to barley eat a lot of oatmeal because you don’t know what kind of rice there made out of.
Quote: I’m a pediatrician dealing with parents and babies one at a time. And the advice to be giving parents in my practice is avoiding rice.
I think what my quote means is to not eat rice from other places because those other places. That grows rice because they used to grow cotton. A lot of articles recommend eating rice from California and Asia because they rarely grow cotton because Asia mostly grows rice because a lot of people in Asia eat a lot of sushi.
I think people should still be allowed to eat rice because there are some cultures that eat a lot of rice like Hispanic and Chinese people. Also you can’t just tell people they can’t eat rice because it can cause cancer because they can just buy rice from other brands. That is from china and California because those places don’t really grow cotton because they probably get cotton from other places. They probably grow cotton far away from the rice same thing with Asia that’s what they probably do to.

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Peinguin
10/11/2012 15:38

I read the articles Arsenic in Rice article (CBS) and International Rice Research Institute's article on Arsenic in Rice.

I think people shouldn’t stop eating rice but they should limit the amount of US rice you eat. One resoan is in the article from CBS and from the IRRI stated that "Based on the currently available data and scientific literature the FDA does not have an adequate scientific basis to recommend changes by consumers regarding their consumption of rice and rice products". It makes me say well, if they don’t recomend changing how much rice you are able to have then why should you stop eating rice. I will watch how much rice I cunsume because if I eat too much I might get posioned badly. If people don’t want to risk eating rice from rice from the US they can eat rice from Asia because the article from the IRRI says that “Our assessment of current research indicates that there is no evidence to show that people should stop eating rice grown in Asia because of concerns about arsenic”. Those are my examples why you shouldn’t stop eating rice but you should limit the amount of rice you eat.

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Elephant
10/11/2012 15:51

I read the article “Reported arsenic levels in rice prompt concern” and also “FDA Looks for Answers on Arsenic in Rice”. I think it isn’t right for innocent lives to be sickened by the rice. “Arsenic causes lung, skin and bladder cancer, Landrigan said. He added that arsenic is also very harmful to babies”. This happens to regular people and find out they have some kind of cancer. And some of the babies that have been affected by the rice will have to live with a disease the rest of their long lives. Many people may die by the diseases arsenic can give people, so you should avoid rice.

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Raccoon
10/11/2012 16:50

I think we should cut down rice entirely. If you listen to what this lady said you can see why. "I couldn’t sleep,” she recalls, “not only because I thought, ‘I have cancer, I’m going to die’, but I have three children. What will happen to them when I die?" She was drinking water from a well that had arsenic in the water. So the same thing can happen but the arsenic is in the rice. I think it's a good idea if we cut rice until we get further information about the arsenic. Because you surely don't want cancer.

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mockingjay
10/11/2012 17:16

I’m reading the two articles the Arsenic in Rice and the (Consumer Reports) Arsenic in Your Food article. I think that both articles have the same hypothesis which is there’s arsenic in rice. The two passages that I read explains how much rice should be consumed and what the effects of arsenic are. In the Arsenic in Rice article, Landrigan said it's smart to limit the amount of rice you eat, but that you don't have to cut it out entirely. That proves that having a little bit of arsenic is okay. “No federal limit exists for arsenic in most foods”, states Consumer Reports. The limit is for those who choose to eat less arsenic. “Arsenic not only is a potent human carcinogen but also can set up children for other health problems in later life”, says C.R. I suggest not avoiding, but limiting the products you purchase with arsenic in it. 

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Cow
10/11/2012 17:20

I think we should not eat rice until scientists make rice that can’t absorb arsenic from the soil. ”Consumers Union believes a standard for arsenic should be set for rice, and industry should accelerate efforts to reduce arsenic levels in rice. They should also develop types of rice that take up less arsenic, and use rice with the lowest possible arsenic in products for young children, such as infant rice cereal”. Even the Consumers Union believes that scientists should make a rice that absorbs less arsenic. It has been proven that inorganic arsenic is a carcinogen to humans. If scientists genetically modify rice so it can’t absorb arsenic then rice will once again be safe for humans.

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm319827.htm

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/11/arsenic-in-your-food/index.htm

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Timber Wolf
10/11/2012 17:21

I think that the recently discovered arsenic being found in rice is a good thing (the discovering it part), because otherwise this would still be happening, people randomly developing cancer,and they wouldn't know what it would be from, and they would have the USA in a pandemic.
"The idea that high levels of arsenic, a known carcinogen, present in rice, cereal, and other common everyday food is absolutely outrageous," says DeLauro. This backs up my thesis because she agrees that it is absolutely insane that amounts of arsenic in rice and other products are so high, and that she doesn't know why we discovered this so late. If we did, then it would all be okay. But everybody's children love rice products and have been eating it for their whole life, their parents will go crazy thinking that their child(ren) is going to die of cancer. I think that being absolutely insane about it is totally irrational, that you should let the government handle it. Just buy rice from Asia or India, don’t eat or drink juice or rice products, and if you are lactose intolerant, just drink almond milk instead of rice milk and your problem is solved. I know I am right because it has been reported that people have been getting cancer and that there is arsenic in rice and other products.

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Koala
10/11/2012 18:14

I read the articles Consumer Reports Arsenic in Your Rice article and Congress Limits Arsenic in Rice (R.I.C.E. Act) I think people should limit the amount of rice they eat because. Arsenic can cause cancer. The levels of arsenic in some brands of rice double the New Jersey law for arsenic in water of 5 micrograms. Also rice is often the first solid food given to infants which is poisoning them later on in their life.

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piggy
10/12/2012 04:28

I read the two articles one is “Arsenic in Rice?” and the other one was “FDA Looks for Answers in rice.” My opinion on arsenic in rice is that this can be devastating over long periods of time to people here and all the way across the globe. Arsenic can cause long term problems and health issues which will be really bad. The FDA is analyzing rice products and guess how many they have to analyze? 1200. For the time being though the FDA recommends to eat more variety of grain products instead of rice. “We understand that consumers are concerned about this matter. FDA is committed to ensuring that we understand the extent to which substances such as arsenic are present in our foods, what risks they may pose, whether these risks can be minimized, and to sharing what we know,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. so we know the FDA is working on it. Still you have to watch out for rice products until the FDA completes its studies of arsenic in rice and passes a law or ban.

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Iguana
10/12/2012 12:28

I read the articles "Arsenic in Rice article (CBS)" and "FDA Looks for Answers on Arsenic in Rice article"

I think that the arsenic levels in rice is very nerve racking for billions of people. And I'm one of those people, I think that they should try to stop growing rice in the U.S this will possibly stop the arsenic levels in rice that are in the U.S. This quote worry's me about how much arsenic is in rice "The smart thing to do is to be concerned and not do it. ... Just avoid the rice." I completely agree with this quote. I agree with this because if you heard that there's a chemical in rice that you eat you should probably stay away from it.

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Dog
10/12/2012 12:52

I think that arsenic in rice is really bad. I think that because arsenic can give you many diseases such as lung, skin, and bladder cancer. Also if a a kid that is still growing and has arsenic it is very possible that it may interfere with the brain development, reduce the kid's smartness, and cause behavior problems.And so far we know that brown rice has more arsenic then white rice because the brown rice has the plants shell, and when the plant grows and it absorbs the arsenic (which only happens Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri so don't worry) then the shell contains it too. That means with the shell= more, without the shell= less. That is why I think that arsenic in rice. Is really bad.

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Toucan
10/15/2012 08:30

I think that we shouldn’t eat rice, until it’s safe to eat. A quote that I had found in the article “Arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh” was “There are an estimated 40,000 cases of arsenicosis in Bangladesh”. It support’s my opinion by saying that if you eat rice you can get the disease called arsenicosis. I think that we shouldn’t eat rice because we still don’t know if it’s safe enough to eat yet. I really don’t think anyone wants to get sick from eating the rice; and that’s why I think I’m right. :)

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Red Panda
11/11/2012 07:45

I read the articles “Arsenic in Your Food”, and “RICE Act: Congressmen Plan to Introduce Bill That Would Limit Arsenic Levels in Rice” the article, “Arsenic in Your Food” quotes “arsenic levels were higher in the brown rice than in the white rice of the same brand in all cases.” I think people should stop eating brown rice products. Rice is a staple food item in many cultures. Many Asian, Latin American, and so many other people eat rice on a daily basis in the US. The government shouldn’t take away all rice products. However they should leave a few white rice products on the market so that rice does not have to be taken out of our lives completely and people’s health will be less at risk.

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