Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tasting Danger

My son with a nosy pushy black bear.
As if Killer Whales weren't enough for this boy.
He's willing to try everything once. lol

Living with danger is a fact of life these days.
I've been reading up on  arsenic  and rice.
The highest levels of arsenic were found in samples of rice from the south-central U.S. The lowest arsenic levels were in rice from California, India and Thailand.

Also water you drink from wells near farming communities have a lot of it.
Lakes have run off from farms and it goes down into wells unless maybe its from a deep well.
Ours was about 60 feet deep.(is that deep)

They say to wash rice a lot  and boil it in more water than less .

Parboiled rice has more arsenic in it because it too is boiled in arsenic filled water.

Distilled water has calcium and magnesium removed as well as everything else so if you decide to drink it, you will need vitamins and
minerals to replace that found and removed from the water.

Also juices have arsenic.

Seems it is in all the food and water .

My Mom probably got sick because of this with Parkinsons.
The farmer next door sprayed his corn every spring. with a plane
 and they had two wells they used on their garden.
I guess I should put distilled water on my grocery list and keep it in the fridge.

They sell distilling units but they are expensive to operate and need to be replaced every 10 years.

I think rice should be not only be rinsed but maybe even soaked in fresh water a few times before use.

There is only one documented case of a plant actually remediating arsenic-contaminated soil and that is a fern, Pteris vittata, the so-called "eden fern", that is now registered for this purpose, but is used primarily on heavily contaminated industrial sites.
Phosphorus increases arsenic uptake by plants, so don’t use this on your contaminated soil if you're growing vegetables, but do use it if you decide to use a hyper-accumulator.

Carrots absorb more arsenic than than tomatoes and lettuce.
So maybe planting a carrot or fern between each lettuce and tomato plant is a good strategy ?
you discard the carrot and fern and eat the lettuce and tomato lol

"Sunflowers and mustard greens both have an ability to pull certain toxins (primarily heavy metals) from the soil and have been used in various phytoremediation projects, most notably in New Orleans, cleaning up after Katrina. 
According to literature, the greens are not edible but the seeds of the sunflowers are - the toxins are apparently accumulated and stored in the roots and leafy growth but not in the seeds. 
Other plants that are known to have similar characteristics are spinach, corn, carrots, peas, Commelina communis (dayflower), brake fern and lamb's quarters - brake fern (Pteris vittata) has been widely used for this purpose."

Of course the plants not eaten,have to be burnt.




Olga said...

I get the sense that your son found a connection with the bear.

My baked dogs are made from clay, which can be made ready in a simple stove :)

A Lady's Life said...

Olga - Life is funny

So you must use a special kind of clay.

Peter (Worldman): said...

So, we are exposed to many dangers in our lifes. Well, it will not make me stay in bed. When I think of what I am exposed to in my kind of work. But all went well so far and it seems to me for you too. So, we just stay around and wait for Dec 21, 2012.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi A Lady's Life - love the photo of your son with the bear .. the bear looks very healthy too.

They clean mine dumps with plants that collect the heavy metals and arsenic ...

It always interesting to find out more ... thanks - Hilary

A Lady's Life said...

Well Peter - You are an exceptional guy. I would not go into dangerous areas even for a holiday. lol
Moms are trained to watch out for danger but like I said no matter how much you watch, shit happens at the least expected moment.

A Lady's Life said...

Hilary - I wonder why they don;t do this in the lakes so people can eat the fish.
Our lakes were polluted and they cleaned them up but what the plants grow on, the fish eat so we can't eat the fish.Sad isn't it?

SandyCarlson said...

Your son has a beautiful spirit.

A Lady's Life said...

Yes Sandy, he is a very nice young man.I am proud of him. Both my boys are good guys.

Diane said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I had no idea arsenic was that prevalent! Yikes!

A Lady's Life said...

Diane - neither did I
but it pays to know that certain
vegetables absorb certain nutrients.
Carrots absorb a lot of toxins I think.
So people plant certain plants one year which they burn and then they plant a good crop the next year.
Now I know why they plant so many sunflowers. They absorb toxins but not in the seeds so you still have a crop to sell.
Instead of medicare, the government should invest in proper production of food and water so people don't get sick.Then they wouldn't need so much cancer/parkinsons/etc treatments and cures.