Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Why I stopped eating seafood

Used to eat a lot of fish and other seafood. These days, I won't buy the stuff unless I'm sure it's doesn't come from the Gulf Coast or anywhere within the currents that come out of it. I mean, who wants to eat this mutated seafood?
According to Kuhns, at least 50 per cent of the shrimp caught in that period in Barataria Bay, a popular shrimping area that was heavily impacted by BP’s oil and dispersants, were eyeless. Kuhns added: “Disturbingly, not only do the shrimp lack eyes, they even lack eye sockets.”

“Some shrimpers are catching these out in the open Gulf [of Mexico],” she added, “They are also catching them in Alabama and Mississippi. We are also finding eyeless crabs, crabs with their shells soft instead of hard, full grown crabs that are one-fifth their normal size, clawless crabs, and crabs with shells that don’t have their usual spikes … they look like they’ve been burned off by chemicals.” [...]

The dispersants are known to be mutagenic, a disturbing fact that could be evidenced in the seafood deformities. Shrimp, for example, have a life-cycle short enough that two to three generations have existed since BP’s disaster began, giving the chemicals time to enter the genome.
And shrimp with tumors. Fish with lesions and no livers. Check out the photos at the link. Nothing stopping them from cutting off the heads and selling you the tails. Also, not reassured that BP says they've been tested and pose no danger.

Meanwhile, with the price of gas, everybody is going all "drill baby, drill" again. Won't do much good to be able to drive your car if you starve to death because the entire food chain has been poisoned.

Also, too: What Charlie said.

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