Arsenic and Old Lace and Food Labeling

This week’s news report of arsenic in rice has all the earmarks of fuzzy research that will likely be used in the campaign to prohibit food labeling. Here’s why.

 1. There are presently no guidelines in the US for the maximum limit for organic and inorganic arsenic levels in food products.

2. The report analyzed 65 products of uncooked rice and rice containing foods and beverages purchased in April, May, and August of 2012. They then took 3 or more samples from each for their report and came up with the magical number of 233 that makes it look like a more comprehensive study.

 If Agribusiness corportations can get people riled up about arsenic that is supposedly from pesticides in addition to what naturally occurs in the soil, we can expect them to muddy up the drive to label foods GMO (information readily available) with scare tactics toward an industry they would love to dominate by drumming up an arsenic report (information suspect with too many variables.)

 Arsenic doesn’t all come in the calculated dose of white arsenic we watched added to meals that murdered folks in the movie, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Those of us who still make applesauce the old way boil up whole apples (arsenic containing seeds and all) in the pot before putting the cooked apples through a sieve or food mill. Arsenic has also been used successfully for years in Homeopathic remedies in minute controlled doses.

 What this kind of report leaves out is the fact that the signs given for arsenic poisoning may also stem from an entirely different problem. Sugar still heads the list of current chemicals that are grossly over consumed to the point of becoming a poison that sometimes kills in the form of obesity and diabetes. In terms of additional public cost, our theatre seats have had to be enlarged at great cost, grocery aisles widened to accommodate go carts, and more. Yet our obesity/cardiac/diabetes problem has been spawned by the Agribusiness, Food, and Drug companies with full cooperation from the FDA.

 Significantly, after rBGH was given to cows to increase milk production, young women and men began to develop huge breasts. Breast reduction surgery continues to thrive in order to deal with the back problems resulting from such pendulous breasts in addition to psychological problems and physical limitations. Once a couple of milk companies decided to go rBGH free and label their containers, people stopped buying rBGH milk. Now, more milk companies have gotten the message and are labeling their product rBGH free. 

The bottom line here continues to be choice. It is clear that once food is labeled GMO, people will choose not to buy it. We can expect reams of research reports coming out in favor of GMO foods only because the multinational agribusinesses are funding selectively sloppy research by academic researchers who have sold out to them. No corporation or group of corporations should have the authority to decide how much information will be made available to us, you and me, in this information age.

 Time to keep a wary eye peeled and speak up for our right to choose. This is just one right among many that we need to claim, which is why townspeople throughout the US are gathering  in their towns to form and pass Rights Based Ordinances for sustainable energy, water and food systems. For more information, check out the Web at

 Note: Arsenic in drinking water is another story. The FDA does have a maximum limit guideline of 10 ppb (parts per billion) of arsenic for drinking water. To date, the American Cancer Society states that Albuquerque, NM is the only urban area in the US with substantial natural concentrations of arsenic in the drinking water. The West has to keep a closer eye peeled because so much of their water comes from ground sources, which we know are grossly contaminated from agricultural pesticide runoff.



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2 Responses to “Arsenic and Old Lace and Food Labeling”

  1. Vinny Grette Says:

    I Like what you’ve said about sugar. It also concerns me that science is so maligned these days. Such a shame!

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