“Simple Cooking Methods Flush Arsenic out of Rice”

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The Story

“Simple Cooking Methods Flush Arsenic out of Rice”
by Emily Sohn
Nature, July 22, 2015

The Pitch

Dear Richard,

Are you still the person to pitch for news stories at Nature? I got a tip on an upcoming, embargoed study that found a way to remove more than half of the arsenic load in rice, using a simple cooking technique with a coffee percolator.

Rice feeds half the world’s population, but arsenic contamination has become a major concern, something I wrote about last year for Nature Outlook (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v514/n7524_supp/full/514S62a.html). The new study explores a low-tech and inexpensive way to remove much of the toxic metal from a staple crop, which could potentially have a major impact on health outcomes in the developing world.

I’m attaching a proof copy of the paper if you want to see it. It will run in PLOS One, though Meharg, the study’s author, does not yet have a publication date.

Let me know if you have any interest. Thanks,

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