The rice in the field is a staple food,
For near half of the world’s population;
But within those husks a poison is stewed,
Causing hair loss and life termination.
Growing new crops with low arsenic content,
Should soon give us a long-term solution;
But what can we do right now to prevent
All those lives arsenic takes through pollution?
Any proposed solution must be cheap,
A cinch to use and easy on the eye;
So some researchers made the quantum leap:
Let’s percolate the rice to purify.
With eighty five per cent of arsenic gone,
This new method has brewed and now looks strong.
This is a Shakespearian Sonnet, written about new research that has found a low-cost and effective way of removing inorganic arsenic from rice.