Mercury in Fish: Oceana vs. Fishscam
Recently we've seen a lot of news about the reports from the EPA warning of high levels of contamination in fish and warnings of the FDA that pregnant women and children especially should limit their consumption of most fish and keep fish like tuna down to 6 oz per week. According to some these warnings are a clarion bell, warning us of the consequences of our actions. There are some groups that say these warnings are nonsense and a result of a concerted effort of 'Fear Mongering' by certain groups that have hidden agendas.
This is a controversial issue with a lot seemingly at stake and what is the average consumer to think. Who is right? Well rather than have get your information from a 30 second commercial on either side. We decided to invite a couple of people who know a lot more about the topic than we do.
Jacki Savitz is with Oceana, an environmental advocacy organization. She is the director of their Seafood Contamination Campaign. And she says the FDA warnings are cause for legitimate concern. Their website is Oceana.org.
David Martosko is with The Center for Consumer Freedom, run by lobbyist Rick Berman of Berman and Company. CCF runs the website Fishscam.com which disputes the findings. He is CCF's director of research. His position is the warnings and advocacy surrounding them are hogwash: the result of fear-mongering by groups with hidden agendas.
Podcast Date: 1/27/2006