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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Disgusting Truths About Asian Aquaculture

Eighty-six percent of our seafood is imported, and about half of those imports are raised on factory farms, called aquaculture.
Asia is the number one producer of these aquaculture products, dominating 89 percent of the industry, and most of our farmed fish imports come from there, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association reports.
Because of shortcuts some farmers are taking in these regions, these products aren't always safe and FDA testing of them hasn't caught up, a Mother Jones article by Tom Philpott suggests.



Anonymous said...

We could start shutting down China today with a very aggressive buy america campaign. Especially when it comes to items like seafood and produce. But too many are worried about fighting over the manure being shoveled by the donkies and the elephants to come together for a movement like this.

Anonymous said...

Too bad the tilapia grown in farms in America also feed off of feces. Most tilapia producers use wastewater from other fish tanks(usually bass), and the tilapia clean the water. It's a disgusting fish, can't believe people eat it.

Anonymous said...

They'll stop importing our beef, chicken, and pork at the drop of a hat and we don't want to offend them.

Our government should stop being like that shrimp, get a backbone, and start protecting its citizens.

Anonymous said...

11:21 which is exactly why this has to be a citizen's movement, not a gov. move. In fact I would wager that FT agreements and WTO rules likely made it illegal for gov. to push a buy american initiative. The Chinese NEED food imports, we don't, atleast relative to them.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute...people eat crabs, especially here on Delmarva. No animal eats more poop, rotten flesh and other disgusting stuff than does a crab. Lobsters, too.

Anonymous said...

10:43 AM

That is no worse than eating chicken, who will eat feces and anything else lying on the ground.

People probably don't know what the fish eats. All they know, myself included, is the fish tastes delicious.

And, as the Good Book says, it's not what goes into your mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of it.

Food preparation in general is not squeaky clean. But, it is legal.

Anonymous said...

12:45 I have chickens and geese as pets and they don't eat feces. If in fact they do happen to peck at it they will shake their heads. They eat certain grasses, crickets and a few other bugs but not many kinds and never spiders and a couple of handfuls of 'chicken scratch' a day. Grass is by far their favorite and for the most part they are picky eaters. Now I don't know if the chickens who live in chicken houses eat feces but under normal living conditions chickens don't.