Mercury contamination is rising in Pacific fish

You have probably heard recently on the news about massive radioactive leaks at the Fukushima nuclear powerplant meltdown has raised the alarm over seafood safety (Japan Times/ 2013Aug23). Although, quoter lefta staggering 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium, 20 trillion becquerels of cesium and 10 trillion becquerels of strontium may have flowed into the sea (Ibid.),quoter right the immediate danger is that Pacific seafood’s already toxic levels of mercury for children and pregnant women (3Yen / 2010-04-26), now has been shown to be rapidly rising.
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Mercury contamination in fish expected to rise in coming decades
CBS News — August 26, 2013
WARNING: Autostart video.
In a study published Aug. 25 in the journal Nature Geoscience, University of Michigan researchers say that mercury produced by the coal-burning power plants in these northern Pacific countries travels thousands of miles through the air before rainfall deposits it on the ocean floor…From there, it’s passed on to humans who consume contaminated Pacific Ocean fish, such as tuna and swordfish...more…

And, if the nuke meltdown and mercury doesn’t bother you, the following report of the World Health Organization, seafood is the most significant source of arsenic in food…Arsenic.PDF
W.H.O. — Chapter 6.1 Arsenic | Pg. 4

The amount of arsenic ingested daily by humans via food is greatly influenced by the amount of
seafood in the diet. The intake in Japan, where the diet has a large seafood component, is higher
than that in Europe and the United States (Table 1). The diet in Japan was found to contain 5.7–
17% inorganic arsenic, 1.1–3.6% monomethylarsonate (MMA), 6.6–27% dimethylarsinate (DMA)
and 47.9–75.2% arsenobetainemore

too-toxic seafood
Previous 3Yen reports on the toxic hazards of Japan’s fishy cuisine include:
   • Evidence of Mad-Hatter syndrome in Japan (3Yen / 2010-02-24)
   • Death Metal Sushi! (3Yen / 2010-04-26)
   • How about some nice grilled whale with mercury sauce? (3Yen / 2007-08-02)
   • Bluefin tuna — Black market

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8 thoughts on “Mercury contamination is rising in Pacific fish”

  1. Japan has no native energy resources and must rely on nuclear energy. Can Japan feed itself?

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