Ack! Louisiana Rice High In Arsenic

Rice is a big part of Louisiana cuisine, and since switching to a (mostly) vegetarian diet several years ago, I’ve been consuming more of the stuff than ever. At the grocery store, I tend to choose rice grown in Louisiana because it’s (a) abundant, (b) relatively local, and (c) outrageously cheap. But it might not be so healthy:

White rice grown in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas, which together account for 76 percent of the rice grown in the United States, was considerably higher in arsenic than rice grown in California; this is probably linked to the fact that these states are also cotton-producing states that until recently permitted pesticides with high levels of arsenic to combat the boll weevil.

New York Times

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