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(KHOU Houston)   Study finds unsafe mercury levels in 84 percent of all fish -- including Abe Vigoda   (khou.com) divider line 17
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2013-01-15 07:02:20 PM
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Yay Capitalists, destroying everybody else's capital.
2013-01-15 03:47:32 PM
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mgshamster: whidbey: 84% of all fish

Buh-but industry. Our lives of luxury. Our first-world problems.

Well, technically it's a problem of any culture that relies heavily on a fish diet. Not just first world people.


Um, technically it's a problem that we made ourselves, recently, and we could have avoided it entirely. Decades ago.

/Want to see what mercury does? Read up on the Minamata disaster.
//Did a report on that back in college for a Toxic Tragedies course


Yeah, it's bad stuff. Even in the smallest of amounts.

I'd say that between mercury and plastic, we have some good odds that we could be f*cked as a species.
2013-01-15 01:21:28 PM
2 votes:
cdn2-b.examiner.com
/Also had unsafe Mercury levels
2013-01-16 01:33:58 PM
1 votes:
Sadly, I live in a state where I haven't been able to eat anything locally caught for decades. Yay for 96% of our power coming from coal! There is no such thing as clean coal, including gasification. fark Duke Energy!
2013-01-15 11:32:38 PM
1 votes:
Abe Vigoda Status as of Tuesday January 15 2013 8:29:48 PM PT: Abe Vigoda is alive
2013-01-15 11:15:32 PM
1 votes:

Martian_Astronomer: Sigh...I literally just finished making a reservation at a seafood place before reading this article.

/ However, the plan was to do oysters, which are relatively safe, as I understand it
// Not worried


Might want to read up on shellfish toxicity. As bottom feeders, they're able to accumulate quite a bit of toxins. And since they can't move to a new area, if the area they are in gets contaminated (say, by an oil spill), they'll accumulate a lot of the contaminant, as well.

/enjoy your oysters
//I love me some oysters
///shellfish are regularly tested to ensure they're safe to eat, as long as you trust the gov't
/slashies!
2013-01-15 05:13:20 PM
1 votes:

Dragonblink: mgshamster: What's worse is that levels that are normally perfectly fine for an adult (or even a child) can be damaging to a fetus. I'm very happy that my pregnant wife has developed a food aversion to seafood right now.

As a sushi lover who's 9 weeks along, TFA gives me a sad.


Check this quick reference guide out. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_health.aspx It conflicts some of the stuff I said earlier, but that was off the top of my head so whatev. In general, if a fish goes near China at any point in its life, it's bad. If it's from the extremely rural US, away from coal plants, it's good. Smaller/younger fish are better. Also quit eating shrimp, the supplies are extremely unstable right now and it's only a matter of time before people start doing shady stuff with it.
2013-01-15 03:56:40 PM
1 votes:
Hurray for industry not having to pay for the externalities caused by their activities.
teaminland.com
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2013-01-15 03:54:40 PM
1 votes:
FTFA: A new study from the Biodiversity Research Institute in Maine

/looks them up...

"Small, nonprofit group dedicated to progressive environmental research and education. "

*facepalm*

Real science isn't progressive or conservative, it's just science.
2013-01-15 03:49:59 PM
1 votes:

cirby: Level at which mercury becomes "unsafe" according to the Federal government: 5 parts per million, set as 1/3 of what they knew from some very large studies to be a safe level (about 15 ppm before any effects are even detected).


1/3? That's kind of a high bar to set from the NOAEL. They must have had a lot of good, solid research. Usually it's set between 10 - 3000 times below the NOAEL.
2013-01-15 03:29:56 PM
1 votes:
Can't win.. Can't eat anything these days without some over eager reporter touting how it's going to KILL US ALL!

It's OK though as I get all my fish from the Gulf so I'm not getting much mercury .. just sweet Texas crude.
2013-01-15 03:16:58 PM
1 votes:
84% of all fish

Buh-but industry. Our lives of luxury. Our first-world problems.
2013-01-15 03:11:17 PM
1 votes:
Level at which mercury becomes "unsafe" according to the Federal government: 5 parts per million, set as 1/3 of what they knew from some very large studies to be a safe level (about 15 ppm before any effects are even detected).

Level of mercury found in the fish in the study: between about 0.4 and 1.4 parts per million - from about 1/12 to about 1/3 of actual recommended maximum levels.

Level at which the study arbitrarily sets "unsafe": 0.22 parts per million.

How to get "unsafe" mercury levels in fish: redefine the actual unsafe levels as about 1/20 of what they actually are. From their charts, it looks like they took the lowest level they could detect in any actual fish and divided it by 2.
2013-01-15 03:11:15 PM
1 votes:

Tickle Mittens: A Barney Miller reference? Careful subby, that's an antique.


Now that bassline will be in my head all day

/and that's ok by me
//Jack Soo
2013-01-15 02:55:03 PM
1 votes:

ShawnDoc: Darth_Lukecash: Why isn't the FDA on all this?

Knew an FDA inspector back during the last years of Clinton and the first year's of Bush.  The horror stories I heard from her about cutbacks, and actually getting in trouble for reporting problems.  She did inspections at Chicken factories.


Just to correct myself, it was probably the USDA she worked for, not the FDA.
2013-01-15 02:54:05 PM
1 votes:

Darth_Lukecash: Why isn't the FDA on all this?


Knew an FDA inspector back during the last years of Clinton and the first year's of Bush.  The horror stories I heard from her about cutbacks, and actually getting in trouble for reporting problems.  She did inspections at Chicken factories.
2013-01-15 02:44:57 PM
1 votes:

Darth_Lukecash: Why isn't the FDA on all this?


because it is too hard, and there are wingnuts on both sides of the aisle that have hamstrung the FDA.
 
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