START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Is the Arsenic in Rice Safe?


” researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health found levels of arsenic in chicken feather meal up to 100 times that found in apple juice by Dr. Oz last year and 10 times that just found in rice. Feather meal is made from the billion pounds of feathers plucked from chicken carcasses annually (sometimes with heads, guts, manure, and feet thrown in to increase protein and mineral content) and is fed to farmed fish, pigs, poultry, and cattle as well as used to fertilize both conventional and organic crops. Chicken manure is also used directly as feed and fertilizer and has been found to significantly increase arsenic levels in the soil.“- How Much Arsenic In Rice Came From Chickens? (bolding mine)

It appears that rice is not the issue, but the way it is grown and fertilized may be. The solution in the long run seems to demand a new sustainable way of growing rice that does not leach arsenic from the soil, and one where our rice crops are not fertilized with waste from an industry that is callous enough to deliberately feed arsenic to the animals they are raising.

What is happening with our agricultural food system is just one example of how we choose to turn a blind eye to the environmental destruction and cruelty inherent in so much of what we choose to put on our plates.

As we keep poisoning and destroying the planet and our fellow animals, we in turn poison ourselves. The term “karma” seems to apply here.

USA Today – Arsenic in Rice

Related Stories:

The Sad Story Behind Down & Feather Harvesting
Urban Beekeeping Bad For Bees?
80% of Antibiotics in the U.S. Go to Factory Farms

Read more: Animal Rights, Conscious Consumer, Diet & Nutrition, Do Good, Eating for Health, Family, Food, General Health, Health, Health & Safety, Home, Make a Difference, Nature, News & Issues, Raw, Smart Shopping, Vegan, Vegetarian, Videos, ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


+ add your own
2:20PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013


8:23AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Our entire commercial food supply needs an overhaul, STAT!

4:33AM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

The FDA was only responding to the report from Consumer Reports who did an analysis they printed in November 2012. Among other things the report recommends only eating rice products 2 to 3 times a week (including processed items with rice in them). It also explains that the arsenic levels are so high in certain areas of the country: "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... In the U.S. as of 2010, about 15 percent of rice acreage was in California, 49 percent in Arkansas, and the remainder in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. That south-central region of the country has a long history of producing cotton, a crop that was heavily treated with arsenical pesticides for decades in part to combat the boll weevil beetle." To read the whole report go to and search for 'rice arsenic'.

9:48PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

That is so sick and cruel. These animals don't what they're eating and to be feeding them they're own kind is so wrong. I doubt if any human would want to eat another human

12:17PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

So is this just rice in the US then?

2:29AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thank you for this information, I need to change my eating rice cake habit!

2:28AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

12:29AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

9:28PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

NOW, you tell me.
And, I like brown rice a lot.

3:43PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Noted, thx for sharing

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Love the ears. Can't believe how much food his cheeks hold! Thanks.

Good reminders. I do this quote often. Keeps me sane

i want to share to the whole world on how Dr SUKU the chief Priest of all the spell casters Helped m…

very sweet dogs!


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!