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Web Date: December 17, 2010

Conserve Water To Reduce Arsenic In Rice

Water Pollution: Alternate wetting and drying of rice paddies in Bangladesh cuts arsenic contamination
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: rice, Bangladesh, arsenic, rice fields, paddy soil, irrigation, intermittent flooding, water pollution

Rice is the staff of life for millions of Bangladeshis, but it could also damage their health. The well water drawn for irrigating rice in Bangladesh is naturally high in arsenic, a carcinogen with no safe dose. Now a study shows that a simple farming practice promoted to save water could also help cut exposure to arsenic (Environmental Science & Technology (DOI: . . .

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