” … 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? Nutritionfacts.org (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.