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Arsenic is in rice?

20 Sep

Rice is one of my all time favourite and I was concerned when I read and heard on the TV news that low levels of arsenic is in rice. Even thought our governments think that the low levels do not pose a serious risk to our health, scientists are not so sure.  According to the scientists, arsenic is a carcinogen and has been known to contribute to skin and lung cancer.  I think I might err on the side of caution and vary my rice eating habit to a couple of times a week instead of every day.  The problem is arsenic is a naturally occurring substance in our soil but scientists believe that pesticides used by farmers may have something to do or to add to what is already there. Knowledge is power.

http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/19/arsenic-in-rice-consumer-groups-urge-fda-to-set-standards/

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Squabbles over American food safety – Why are some politicians against it?

1 Dec
I don’t understand why some Senators and farmers are opposed to something that would benefit all of us.  Food is one of the most important things for the human being and these days when our food come from helter skelter, someone should be checking to see that the food we are eating and paying big bucks for are worth the money.  When things go wrong, we all pay. Our health suffers and our healthcare costs go up unnecessarily just because someone was trying to cut corners.  I do not mind paying a dollar extra for my food if I know it will be properly inspected and the best practices are used in its production and delivery.
   When all is said and done, our health is all we’ve got and we cannot put a price on good health. When we are sick we are poor. The wealthiest people in the world often say “I’d give anything for good health” this should tell us that money cannot buy health.
Kudos to our senators and politicians who are on the right track on this and for those detractors, I say, you need to examine your values and consider whether the public is best served by you being in office.
 

Be wary of Chilean Salmon – virus suspected

15 May

Safeway supermarket chain has taken the lead in banning farm-raised salmon from its supplier of Chilean salmon, Marine Harvest one of the largest producers of farmed salmon because of a suspected virus that is killing millions of fish over there. 

Safeway made its decision to restrict some purchases of Chilean salmon after an article on March 27 in The New York Times reported the spread of the virus and detailed concerns by biologists and environmentalists about the elevated use of antibiotics in the country’s salmon industry. The story also reported researchers’ claims that salmon farms were contaminating fishing waters and creating stresses that could be spawning illnesses in the fish.

 Whatever it is, be warned and stay away from this fish until a complete investigation has been completed. Why take a chance on your health.

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