Arsenic for breakfast


Something that has just come to light is the high amount of arsenic present in rice products, predominantly aimed at children and babies.

The one that shook me was Organix porridge. This is something Jesse has had for breakfast every morning for almost five years. It's also the top baddie when it comes to arsenic levels. They top the scale with 168% over the recommended intake for children.

They try to claim it is found naturally in earth but most arsenic 'naturally' in earth were put there by humans. Arsenic is a very poisonous toxin which the body can't get rid of. It is something that builds and builds and are called arsenic poisoning. It needs to be treated with lengthy spells of medication.

Here is what consumer report says:

But “natural” does not equal safe. Inorganic arsenic, the predominant form of arsenic in most of the 65 rice products we analyzed, is ranked by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as one of more than 100 substances that are Group 1 carcinogens. It is known to cause bladder, lung, and skin cancer in humans, with the liver, kidney, and prostate now considered potential targets of arsenic-induced cancers.
Though arsenic can enter soil or water due to weathering of arsenic-containing minerals in the earth, humans are more to blame than Mother Nature for arsenic contamination in the U.S. today, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The U.S. is the world’s leading user of arsenic, and since 1910 about 1.6 million tons have been used for agricultural and industrial purposes, about half of it only since the mid-1960s. Residues from the decades of use of lead-arsenate insecticides linger in agricultural soil today, even though their use was banned in the 1980s. Other arsenical ingredients in animal feed to prevent disease and promote growth are still permitted. Moreover, fertilizer made from poultry waste can contaminate crops with inorganic arsenic.

It's not only Organix that feeds us with these dangerous levels. All Kelloggs rice cereals boast over the limit for what is safe. All they had to say about it was; "Cereals are not in the category of foods for infants and young children, it's a complex issue and a number of proposed limits are on the table."

So who ARE those little, cartoon characters aimed at then, if not children? And why should it be more okay for us adults to be poisoned?
This study has been long overdue and it definitely isn't helping anyone when the big brand companies send us computerised messages of 'no harm in arsenic, it's kind of natural, after all'?
Don't buy into it. Bin it, complain about it and make it stop!

There simply is no need for these level. Organix porridge contain 130ppb (parts per billion) when ordinary basmati rice only contain 40ppb. There are no excuses!
The limit for arsenic in drinking water is 10ppb so why on earth are we allowing three month old babies to eat 130ppb of arsenic for breakfast??


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