This week, radioactive tuna from Japan made its way through international waters and into local parts of the Pacific Ocean. The pack of migrating bluefin tuna fish swam thousands of miles, carrying hazardous levels of radioactive cesium–the result of last year’s tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which caused extreme damage to nuclear reactors. And while radioactivity is worrisome, this is just one more reason why choosing sustainable, safe sushi and other seafood products is more important than ever. More
Topic: safe seafood
I’ve seen quite a bit of media coverage over the past week of this congressional report on imported seafood. The gist of the Government Accountability Office report – titled, in typically catchy GAO style, “FDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood and Better Leverage Limited Resources” – is that the FDA is not doing so awesome at making sure imported seafood is safe. According to the report:
About half of the seafood imported into the U.S. comes from farmed fish (aquaculture). Fish grown in confined aquacultured areas can have bacterial infections, which may require farmers to use drugs like antibiotics. The residues of some drugs can cause cancer and antibiotic resistance.
Right, then. Just avoid imported seafood grown in confined aquacultured areas and treated with antibiotics. Yep. But… uh … how do we do that? I asked Michael Morrissey, director of the Oregon State University Seafood Research Laboratory More
Earlier today we looked at a simple question; Is Eating Seafood More Eco-friendly Than Eating Meat?. The general answer was no. There’s more too it than just yes or no though. It is possible to make smart eco-choices when it … More
We’ve talked about the eco-benefits of eating a vegetarian diet here at THF before, but we haven’t looked into fish that much. Fish on your plate is not always very eco-friendly. The negatives of fish: Trawling caught seafood: Trawling, in … More