"Scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the various effects of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, which now permeates the environment in virtually all countries with coal-burning power plants and many of those with gold mines.While fish may be a good source for vitamin D and omega-3, they're also a good source for mercury.
The EPA reports that "mercury form power plants settles over waterways, polluting rivers and lakes, and contaminating fish."
In 2006, 48 of the 50 states in the US issued a total of 3,080 fish advisories warning against eating fish from local lakes and stream because of their mercury content
EPA research indicates that 1 out of every 6 women of childbearing age in the US has enough mercury in her blood to harm a developing fetus. This means that 630,000 of the 4 million babies born in the country each year may face neurological damage from mercury exposure before birth."
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
From Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, by Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute: