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What Is In Your Fish?

Read the highlight – ‘mercury contamination in every fish tested from 291 streams across the USA.”

I ate a great deal of steamed fish when I was young.

My mother was totally against fried food so we stir-fried and steamed.

I used to think farm-raised was healthier.

Farm-raised – NOW I KNOW – if the fish is vegetarian-fed (and if this means corn or soy, so they grow faster, bigger, and since it is not labeled that this corn or soy is Non-GMO, or Non-GE, the corn or soy is ALTERED), I may be eating a fish unnaturally bred!

Until hubby was fighting cancer, I didn’t realize I had to learn to be an expert among so-called experts in the FDA and what other crappy agency out there and “hunt” for my own food.


Mercury contamination widespread in USA fish

By Green Living Tips | Published  08/20/2009

According to a U.S. Geological Survey study published yesterday, scientists have detected mercury contamination in every fish tested from 291 streams across the USA.

That’s disturbing in itself, but even more unsettling is that around a quarter of these fish had mercury levels exceeding the guidelines established by the U.S. EPA for people and over two-thirds of the fish exceeded the U.S. EPA level of concern for other fish-eating mammals.

Elevated levels were noted in areas of the Western United States affected by mining. Coal fired powered generation doesn’t just contribute to greenhouse gases; the combustion and mining of the stuff is also one of the biggest human activity related sources of mercury – another good reason why we need to get away from the filthy fossil fuel and pursue renewable energy with a fervor.

Mercury in natural waters is mainly from sources that emit it into to the atmosphere which is then deposited onto watersheds by precipitation. So you could have a coal fired power station in one state and it may affect a stream in another.

Unfortunately, naturally occurring watershed features can enhance the conversion of mercury into its most toxic form – methylmercury. This neurotoxic substance is readily taken up by aquatic organisms, resulting in contamination in fish and as it is bioaccumulative, tends to concentrate in the tissues of carnivorous animals.

Earlier this year, the EPA announced that it intends to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by issuing a rule under the Clean Air Act; but every day that passes, more is being spewed into the air – and once in the ecosystem, it remains a threat for a very long time.”


CONCLUSION: I choose wild-caught, and I’ll increase my greens, cilantro, parsley to get rid of metals.


August 25, 2009 - Posted by | Healthy Alert

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