- Posted January 12, 2014 by
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Impact Your World
Bears gotta eat, we gotta eat!
http://www.ucartoonit.com – Fish is one of the most nutritious and healthy food for humans and animals. Bears live on it, eagles live on it, we live on it. If we can get it without all the toxins man's polluting it with. Then it's downright hazardous, mercury-laden! Fish is high on the food chain, we're at the top of the chain. Everything the fish consumes, we multiply in our bodies.
The chemicals that get into our fish are mainly industry waste. Chemists eat fish. Industrialists eat fish. So why would they release toxic chemicals where the fish eat?
As far as fish goes, if it doesn't say Alaska salmon, it's not and it's got too much mercury. Buying Alaska salmon you eat healthier – and you make the seas and fisheries healthier because you're showing the other oceans they have to clean up their water to get people to eat their fish again. It's inspiration for ocean conservation.
Eagles have sharp eyes but they can't see the industrial chemicals that get into the fish. We don't either because they aren't listed on the packages of fish or other food products like preservatives and food coloring and additives are.
Food preservative chemicals are put in to preserve the product shelf life and color life or taste life –– not your life. You'll see ascorbic acid, citric acid, sodium benzoate (sounds like benzine used to clean paint brushes for a good reason), BHA, BHT, EDTA, tocopherols, calcium propionate, sodium nitrate, calcium and potassium sorbate used as preservatives.
Somehow these are not used in organic products able to be sold in the same store. And most of the preservatives in U.S. food are not allowed in many European countries like England. If it's good for the Brits, why not us? Greater profits in the U.S. if they can keep the product on the shelf longer? And U.S. food makers have more lobbying money and clout to get their ingredients passed.
U.S. manufacturers claim it would be too expensive to change food formulas, but, in fact, the U.S. manufacturers did just that, removed harmful chemicals from products in order to be able to sell them in Europe. The people there demanded food without chemicals and got it. Cost a bit more but could they afford to eat something not good for them? The full cost of any product should include the cost for no health risk.
So, do we have to live without healthy fish and food? No, we make the fish and food poisoners live without our dollars. Yank the food chain our way.