More Deadly Gulf Lies – About Seafood This Time

The “Gulf Science Monitor” (Issue 6) recently delivered this gem into my Protect The Ocean email inbox. It claims that NOAA and the FDA have developed a new test to detect Corexit in seafood. According to the email and report, all the seafood in reopened waters is safe to eat. How can I tell they’re lying to me? THEIR LIPS ARE MOVING!

Corexit was reported to be lethal to fish fry at just 2.6 ppm over 96 hours. Yet in the second paragraph in the Gulf Science Monitor announcement, they claim that 100 ppm is safe for finfish, but 500 PPM is safe for shrimp, crabs and oysters. WHAT?! Maybe they think we’re five times as stupid. The U.S. government now claims that 50 times that concentration is safe for people who eat finfish, and 250 times that is supposedly safe for those who eat shrimp? I don’t believe it, people — not for a minute!

If there’s any question, consider that a team of federal and academic scientists that recently went out on a NOAA ship and explored coral habitats at 4600 feet beneath the surface. Seven miles southwest of the leak, the researchers found dead and dying corals, and a “brown substance”. (Can you say “SUNKEN BP OIL”? Knew you could.) There are reports that oil and Corexit are being found in shrimp, for example — visible oil, in the entrails of these creatures that they say are safe to eat.

When the whole truth is told, I am confident that Corexit will be proven to have long-term and ongoing adverse affects on water quality both for swimming in and eating food that comes from those waters. I believe we’ve only begun to see the devastation it is heaping upon the wildlife living in those waters. Even now, our government is neither reasonable nor reliable with the data they’re presenting to the world as “facts.” Will our government be paying the bill? Will our next of kin be able to sue them when they’re “mistaken” about the toxicity? Believe that, and we’ve got a few authentic bridges to sell you, too.

Protect yourself, your family, friends and loved ones. Take most anything the U.S. government says about toxicity with a copious bucket of salt. The toxic threat is real and remains there in the Gulf. It’s more than a little disturbing that they’d sell our health down the river to keep the Gulf economy afloat. Me, I’m simply not buying it.

Follow Up Reading at the Naked Capitalism Website

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