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Is Fish Safe?

1 can of tuna fish a week raises your mercury levels 30% above
what is considered to be safe.

Eating fish means ingesting toxins such as mercury, lead, arsenic, PCBs, DDT, dioxins, and many other chemicals.

Contaminants in fish can lead to brain damage, memory loss, personality change, heart problems, spontaneous abortion, and damage to a developing fetus.

RESOURCES:
Top Three Reasons Not to Eat Fish 
(PeTA TV)
Fish to Avoid During Childbearing Years
(Care2)
Rich folks eating fish feed on mercury too
'Healthy diet' clearly isn't
(San Francisco Chronicle)

Water Pollution

Water Pollution

Water Pollution

1.3 billion tons of animal waste produced in the U.S.

Pollution strength up to 160 times greater than raw municipal waste.

Animal wastes contribute to large oceanic “dead zones,” which extended to nearly 7,903 sq. miles in the Gulf of Mexico during Summer of 2007.

In the U.S. alone, livestock is responsible for:

  • 55% of erosion and sediment
  • 37% of pesticide use
  • 50% of antibiotic use
  • 33% of nitrogen and phosphorus in freshwater
RESOURCES:
America's Animal Factories
How States Fail to Prevent Pollution from Livestock Wast
(Natural Resources Defense Council)
NOAA and Louisiana Scientists Predict
Largest Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” on Record This Summer
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Livestock’s Long Shadow(executive summary, p.xxii)
(UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 2007)

 

Written by MEATtheFACTS.org

September 22nd, 2008 at 12:49 am