The Arsenic In Our Food
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Sudhakar Srivastava is an assistant professor at Banaras Hindu University in the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development. His research interests include metal(loid)-plant interactions with the perspective of sustaining agricultural productivity and for using plants for the remediation in affected sites. A major focus is to develop methodologies or agronomic practices for growing rice having negligible arsenic content in grains. .

                       

The Arsenic In Our Food

Arsenic is a widely-distributed toxic carcinogenic metalloid popularly known as the king of poisons and the poison of the kings. The history of intentional and accidental poisoning by arsenic dates back a long time. Acute and long-term exposure of arsenic leads to several health problems and diseases in humans collectively referred to as “arsenicosis.” Arsenic exposure in pregnant women may also affect fetus development. Arsenic-related health effects include various skin related problems (hyperkeratosis, hyperpigmentation), cancer development in different tissues and...

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