There’s Something Very Fishy About the Fish We Eat.

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March 22, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013

china fish

Be afraid. be very afraid!

Spoiler Alert: After reading this you may never look at your grocery store fish quite the same again. And your burger and fries, not to mention pizza, may start to look even better than ever. You’ve been warned.

Eat more fish. It’s good for you. Stay away from red meat. It’s bad for you. Sound familiar? Well, lately I have been trying. I really have been. Though I must admit to a couple  of rather lusty day dreams of meat-lovers, thin crust pizza, Brooklyn-style, of course, with Italian sausage.

The problem? Well, for one, it seems that all the wonderful fish I’ve been eating lately is filled with formaldehyde. Yes, that formaldehyde, the kind used for embalming the dearly-departed or swabbing down hospital Emergency Rooms. Yum. How appetizing and healthy. Maybe I should explain.

zombies

Formaldehyde, fine for these folks. Not so good for you or me.

Recently, the seafood loving scientists at North Carolina State University conducted a series of tests on imported fish sold at your local grocery store. Seems 25% or more of all fish tested contained very high levels of formaldehyde. The source of all this fishy-fish? China and Vietnam. And while formaldehyde, a chemical compound that works well on preserving dead people, it is, not surprisingly, hazardous to the health of the living.

How can this be? Some sort of anomaly? Don’t we inspect the fish we import for this type of dangerously unhealthy contaminant?

Well, apparently, we don’t. In fact, none, nada, zip, zero of the fish we import into the USA gets tested for formaldehyde. Even though it is a known contaminant used by Asian fish exporters as a preserver. And even though we import nearly 90% of all our seafood from China and Vietnam. Last time I checked these two countries were indeed part of the Asian continent. I’ll check again, my geography may be rusty or contaminated apparently just like the fish I have been choking down lately.

Asia

I knew it! China and Vietnam are in Asia after all.

But, it gets worse. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), sort of the watch sea-dog of our oceans, found that of ALL the fish we import, we inspect only about 3-4%. That’s it. I found this figure to be alarming. So, I checked in with a colleague at the NOAA. And here’s what I found.

Not only do we inspect a miniscule amount of our imported fish, regardless of its source of origin, we know that Asian fisheries use chemicals like formaldehyde and other contaminant chemical compounds that can cause its consumers (us!) cancer. We know this because apparently we have rejected legislation that would call for increased (anything’s an increase when you start at nothing) inspections and would ban fish or seafood produced with known carcinogens in any levels above trace.

Why have US regulators resisted taking such steps to make the fish we import more healthy and safe? Well, China and Vietnam have lobbied against such steps. And whom, you ask, is the largest importer of fish and seafood produced and preserved with formaldehyde on land? Why, that would be Wal-Mart. Of course.

Argggh me Mateys, Land-Ho, I spot the Wal-Mart super-store parking barge just ahead.

Wal-Mart

Only a rumor it will change it’s name to “China-Mart.” For now.

What else have I learned in my obviously failed quest to eat healthier? That China exports the most fish and seafood in the world. They produce nearly 90% of all the global aquaculture production. What does this actually mean?

It means that China is the leader in “farm caught” fish. Think of huge tanks of filthy, partially contaminated water with thousands of fish with no space to swim or move being fed unnatural food by-products, including feces and then killed and gutted and you get only part of the depressing and hazardous picture. It’s like cage-fed, raised and slaughtered poultry except with fish. And unnatural doses of formaldehyde and who knows (apparently not the FDA) what else.

dirty fish tank

Fish, the way nature intended it. Not so much.

From a chemical-infested tank of fetid water somewhere in China to your kitchen table. Dig in kids, fish is good for you. Un-Holy tartar sauce.

I did some follow-up research on my own. With reassuring, sea-shore fresh names like “fisherman’s Wharf” and “Fresh Catch” and “Catch of the Day” on  the bags of frozen fish I found at Wal-Mart, Publix and Winn-Dixie grocers I could almost smell the ocean breeze and taste the sea-salt. But, reality check, what I was smelling and tasting was anything but fresh. or natural.

But when I read the fine print it kept telling me the same bad thing. The frozen Tilapia, Flounder, Cod, Mahi-Mahi or shrimp I “inspected” was farm caught. Every bag of frozen fish I picked up was imported from China, Vietnam, Indonesia or Thailand.

So, I paid a visit to each grocer’s “fresh” seafood counter. There, with few exceptions, I was informed that all the fish and seafood I saw without packaging that looked fresh (non-imported) was actually thawed and originated from (you guessed it) places like China and Vietnam.

chinese tilapia

Sushi please. Formaldehyde on the side.

Discouraged and disillusioned I left the store and set-off to find the closest Wendy’s. And I won’t even consider their “broiled” cod-fish sandwich. I already know it’s imported from China. Geez, don’t we make anything anymore in the good old US of A?

bulldog

Don’t feed me any of that Chinese formaldehyde-fish, Dawg.

For more information on the imported fish we eat and issues with fish we catch right here in the USA check out the links below the Tiger.

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http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/09/formaldehyde-detected-in-supermarket-fish-imported-from-asia/#.Uy2hNEnD9Ms

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/20/by-catch-us-fisheries-oceana-report_n_4996042.html? ir=Green&utm_campaign=032114&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-green&utm_content=Title

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61 thoughts on “There’s Something Very Fishy About the Fish We Eat.

  1. Randall Rice says:

    Thanks Greg or the info. I have a long standing habit of checking the labels for origin of everything including food. The big problem is profiteers who will do anything for a dollar and gullible people that think they are getting a bargain. It is mighty poor economy to save a few cents and poison our children. Now how do we get this word to the general public?

    • Randall, good comment. And I am sure you’ll agree that a big part of the problem is our short-sighted trade policies that seem to bargain away our economy for some illusory “good will” from those who wish to frankly, bury us in their exports. As for getting the word out, well, I am open to ideas and assistance. I want to greatly expand this blog’s followers and get ad revenue so I can really get the word out and do even more investigative research on issues. Unless I get elected somewhere this is the only way to have what I hope is a positive forum. Thoughts?

    • Barbara Clifford says:

      Yes the fish is awful. It was supposed to be wild caught gripper. It tasted like cat food. I will never buy any more Fisk frozen from grocery store. It wasprocessed in Jacksonville but was from Mexico.

      • Barbara, don’t feel bad, I had “Atlantic Caught” frozen fish haddock that even said it was “Atlantic Caught.” Hmmm, it tasted so bad that I did a bit more research. Apparently, they say it’s Atlantic Caught bit it’s some type of fish caught near Singapore and processed in Cambodia…WTH? Nasty, nasty stuff. Lord, we are surrounded by oceans can’t we just eat fresh USA fish??

  2. Chris L says:

    It is insane that so much is not inspected and then to make the cross over to domestic beef, the regulations are stiff that there shouldn’t been any issues, yet nearly every day there is some kind of recall. Farmed fish like our own industrial factory farming of both plants and animals is whats really causing the issue. But as it so happens if I need to get my omega-3s I’ll sprinkle some Hemp seeds on my salad that I grew myself. But Hemp is a tale for another day. Great post Dr. R.

  3. Bethany M says:

    Great Post! my question is Why?? Why are we importing so much from china and Vietnam? I mean, seriously, why can’t we get more fish from our own shores?

    • Bethany, you may also be interested to know that about 60% of all canned Tuna, yes, even name brands, are actually from Thailand which has no inspections on our end and is a known user of formaldehyde. Also, China has now become number one world exporter of Tilapia and even catfish, yes, catfish, is being imported by US retailers in an increasing numbers like Wal-Mart. Our domestic catfish is at least regulated minimally, from China, none.

  4. Jake M says:

    This is actually good, now I can say to my girlfriend I need more not less BBQ ribs, you know, for my health!

  5. Amber L says:

    So, if I want to buy true, American caught fresh fish then what should I buy??

    • Amber-Well, according to the Environmental Defense Fund and the Monterey bay aquarium seafood program education (CA) their top 5-6 fish that are caught wild off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts by US fisheries with the least contaminants are:
      1-Wild Alaskan salmon
      2-Atlantic Ocean Mackerel
      3-Pacific Sardines
      4-US/Canadian black Cod
      5-Great lakes Rainbow Trout
      6-US Albacore Tuna

      Generally, farmed fisheries, especially in Asia are harmful to the fish and processed with lots of contaminants and no inspections.

  6. K. Denise Shep says:

    Well this is not a day ruiner to me. I absolutely loathe fish. However, I will no longer question my hate for it or spend any more time contemplating trying it a few more times. The lack of attention paid to the fish that are imported to the United States is scary and unacceptable. However for those who do enjoy eating things that come out of the ocean, I would definitely reevaluate where you are buying your fish from and possibly whether you should be buying it at all!

  7. Amber G says:

    I am so glad that I’m not a seafood lover. But then again, there are so many disgusting facts about food that I wasn’t even surprised. For most foods there is no way around it. You just have to watch what you eat and stay healthy.

  8. cbcampbell says:

    This also doesn’t include the illegal open sea fishing where Chinese ships ignore quotas on endangered species. Perhaps some of the formaldehyde is coming from preserving fish indiscriminately caught in places like Argentina, shipped back to China and then to the U.S. Given the problems with food coming out of China, it is surprising that the government allows this to go unchecked. All hail the mighty Wal-Mart.

  9. jameeka m says:

    Well, I am glad to say I do not eat seafood. A lot of foods nowadays are not getting inspected every time you turn on the news there is a story about some type of meat getting recalled. It is crazy how we don’t make anything ourselves we are always importing goods from other countries especially China. For all you fish lovers’ I advise you all to choose where you get your fish from wisely. Read all the labels and make sure you know what you are putting in your mouth.

  10. Austin says:

    Does this go for the fake fish in the box as well?
    Good thing though I don’t really eat a bunch of fish unless i catch it because i don’t trust fish that other people really give me, mainly because I have no clue where it came from. I guess I better start fishing more for myself, and the USA so we aren’t eating deadly chemicals. I mean who wants that. I mean i guess its just time everyone learns how to fish and catch there own for there own health. Of course then we would over fish our own population of them.
    This makes me think of The Jungle the book written by Upton Sinclair about our meat packing system and how dirty and contaminated it was in the early 1900s and thats why we have the Federal Meat Inspection Act. Maybe you should write a book about this and Obama will start checking all of this fish, is that a viable option?

  11. Ben N says:

    It really is sad that such a small percentage of fish is inspected. Healthy food is essential for the well being of the american citizens and it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that the foreign food that is being imported is safe for consumption. It is not surprising that Wal-Mart is trying to make more profit, but there is a line that needs to be drawn when it comes to health costs.

  12. Mark M says:

    It’s a cruel world of fish imports. Who would of thought something that we expect to be healthy and fresh would be so contaminated. Then again, we are the ones who are letting China, Indonesia export their fish to us. This should call for higher health regulations in the USA. Either way, from now on, I guess I will be fishing in order to get my helping or fish.

  13. Theresa L says:

    Two things I found humorous about this. 1). I was eating sushi as I read this and 2). I had Wendy’s for dinner last night. I do remember hearing about how fish had formaldehyde but never considered the extreme cases of it until I read this article. Although 25% of the fish that do have it is not a high number, the fact that they only check 3-4% of the fish before importing it is very sickening. Do you know the side effects of too much formaldehyde in the human body? I have never shopped for fish at grocery stores other than to buy sushi and tuna packets in the isles. I usually only purchase from restaurants where they have “fresh” fish like in Charleston, SC. I am glad I read this, I am definitely going to stick to my one true love; Burgers and french fries.

  14. Jasen P says:

    Everyone always flips out when they finally hear the real facts about where and how there food is produced. Why weren’t they asking these questions when they decided to buy it or scarfing it down? Before anybody knew about these facts no one was getting hurt by them or even having any side-effects on them but after the research everyone is thinking this stuff is going to kill them. I’m not saying that I’m absolutely thrilled about the news either but It hasn’t hurt me so far so i’m not going to worry about it now and I will still eat it. I just hate when people get so upset about these things when they absolutely don’t know how to do it better.

    • Jasen-well, not sure I am flipping out…but fact is we have been increasing imports of fish from China only recently due to trade agreements and testing has only recently found out and confirmed that contaminants like formaldehyde are present in unhealthy amounts. So, happy that so far you are doing good but then again not sure how much fish from China you actually eat 🙂 so, yes, maybe your strategy of fishing yourself makes even more sense than usual!

    • Casey H says:

      I think most people don’t ask these questions because they associate seafood with being healthy. The average person doesn’t take the time to think about these things beyond taking a look at the meat and perhaps quickly looking over the calories if it’s in some kind of container or bag. The article stated that it can cause cancer and currently 1 out of every 4 Americans are diagnosed with cancer, so I wouldn’t say no one is affected. It’s of course impossible to pinpoint the exact source, but we do intake a lot of chemicals in what we eat which does certainly play at least some factor in the huge numbers we see.

  15. Takym V. says:

    This is disgusting. I may not eat seafood,but if i ever decided to begin eating healthier fish would not be the first assumption i would choose. But this is also startling because i wonder if this process occurs with other food products.

  16. Daphney Y says:

    I personally love seafood, and it will take a lot more than this to turn me away from it. I worked at Mcdonalds for about two years while I was in highschool, and if you knew what happened to your food before you recieved it, you would NEVER have taken a bite of it. Majority of the food we eat is very unhealthy and contains something in it that would shock everyone. DIet soda isn’t even safe. One of the ingredients in diet drinks is aspartame, a very dangerous substance that can lead to type-2 diabetes, heart problems, and even cancer, yet they are sold by the thousands every day. The only way to be sure that your food is 100% fresh and local is to grow it in your own back yard or catch in and cook it yourself.

  17. Gabrielle W says:

    Unfortunately, I’m not in the least bit surprised by this. Having lived on a small island off the coast of Japan for two years, I can vouch for the fact that Asian countries have a HUGE market for fish. However, I can also vouch for the fact that their food safety and health is not really up to scale with the standards that we have in the United States. Then again, the prices are also a decent amount cheaper, so the fact that we import it doesn’t really surprise me, because there is a definite profit to be made. The chances of the United States discontinuing the trade of fish with the Asian countries? Eh, probably not. However, I really don’t think it would kill us to test one or two (or ya know, a lot) more fish, and for that matter, all the foods that we are importing into our country. Until then, fish are friends, not food.

  18. Kay A-L says:

    Honestly, this makes me relieved that I don’t eat fish now. I’ll eat crab legs and shrimp at Red Lobster, but that’s as far as it goes. However, this makes me wonder about my grandma and mom because they LOVE fish and my grandma cooks it just about every week. On another note, I had no clue about formaldehyde being in fish and I definitely think people should raise this issue to the government. Again.

    • Yeah, it’s making me think more and at least ask more…Though I will say that since I started asking in restaurants the responses are mixed. I got a blank stare and an “I don’t know” but “I’ll ask my manager” and then the management claimed it was “all fresh” and “what was the problem.” Later, I found out that most of the fish was not so fresh, but mostly from, you guessed it, China, Vietnam and Korea, bagged frozen and not inspected.

    • Kay, you and my other readers/posters might also be interested to know that Red Lobster, Corp., buys over 5% of all of the world’s shrimp. They have also pushed and lobbied to get very favorable limits on US fishermen and US based fisheries as far as shrimping is concerned. Meaning that the shrimp you eat at your local Red Lobster is NOT US caught. The vast majority is from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Cost Rica and Vietnam. Because of such laws and trade agreements US companies and Shrimpers have gone out of business at a faster rate in the past 20 years than ever before. Many US outfits have protested conglomerates like Red Lobster as they are aggressively seeking to put US shrimpers out of business. So, while the endless bowls of Shrimps at RL may be tasty but not so much to US companies.

  19. John K says:

    Coming from a family that are avid fish lovers, especially since we are Filipino, besides rice, fish seems to be part of my mom’s daily diet. What really scares me is that she normally buys all her favorite types of fish more at our towns local oriental market than places like Walmart because of the price and variety. If what this article says is true, it really me wonder about the amount of formaldehyde there is that my mom and I are consuming. I always thought it was true when my mom says that she prefers the fish at the oriental markets than the well known american brand stores because of its so called “freshness”. If American barely checks and regulates the fish for formaldehyde, I can only imagine the regulations for a VIETNAMESE Oriental Store. I guess I have to break the news to my mom, but when it comes to fish, everywhere doesn’t seem safe nowadays. Oh well, like you said fish is good for you right?

  20. Sarah D says:

    I had absolutely no idea the lack of regulations surrounding imported fish. In fact, I am now starting to question how tightly regulated all of the millions of other goods we use and consume from other nations are. I think this is a direct reflection in the apathy of the American people. We would rather have a lot of cheap imported fish than having a more selective safer to eat group of inspected and tested fish. Served me as a reminder not to just take what I purchase at the store as safe and ready to eat.

  21. Jon M says:

    The saying that fish is better for you them red meat may have to change if this is true. If the fish are filled with formaldehyde to keep the fish fresh, but cooking red meat on the grill releases carcinogen into the meat. So either way they say there is something bad for you in the way its cooked or grown. People may have to start catching their own fish.

  22. Y'Keisha says:

    You know how all the information you read about things that are not good for your health, but you will still consume it,…well, that is me! It is like everything we have been eating for the longest seem to be having bad ingredients that we never really looked into before as we do now. It is not only the fish we eat, it is also the water and sodas we drink as well. While reading this article, my roommate was just telling me how people are saying that Mountain Dew soda contains a element located on the periodic table called “Bromine” (I believe) that is added to the contents of the soda. As we live on, it seems like we are not going to have anything to eat because of the “so-called” new ingredients scientists are finding in the foods we are consuming. Best believe, I am still going to keep eating fish, even though people say it contains formaldehyde, it sure is good to my tummy!

  23. Barbara B says:

    This is such sad news for a health conscious, seafood lover like myself. I was just having a conversation with a few others about how some restaurants use formaldehyde as a preservative for the eggs they use. Fish, however, I am flabbergasted. It never took the advertising of the health advantages of eating fish and other seafood for me to become a life-long lover of the food. I grew up relatively close to the coastline of Georgia, and seafood was family dinner every weekend. Since, I no longer live in the area, supermarket, and yes, Wal-Mart seafood has been the replacement. Now, I am not so sure about indulging in the food that has been a part of my diet for my entire life as it is difficult to tell where it came from and how it was stored.

  24. LaMoya N says:

    I am very concerned about this matter. I can understand that America doesn’t want to mess up our connections with our biggest trade partners but what about the people? It seems as if no one cares. Seriously, even with all of this information Americans will still eat fish whenever they want. So, yea it would be great to try to get this information out to the public but at the same time, Americans do not care. I, for one, do not want to eat something that contains formaldehyde in it but just like a typical American young girl, I will most likely forget about this issue in a month. This is sad, but this is all of the consequences of my surroundings. Culture and history has taught us to think this way but that doesn’t make it right. We, as people, all have a right to get involved and care about things that negatively affect us. If we continue to ignore these issues, what is going to stop our trading partners from killing us one day with these chemicals that we keep ignoring?

  25. Dylan W says:

    This makes me so very glad that I am NOT a fish lover in the slightest! I find it very alarming that there are so few, or no, regulations or inspections done on something imported that’s being consumed by the American public. It’ll be a terrible thing, and possibly to late, if people begin to get ill or worse in the future. For all we know, maybe the next batch imported will contain something even more harmful, or, in a worst-case scenario/conspiracy theorist mentality, could be used as a biological weapon against the US as well as other countries. I understand how the US wants to maintain healthy trade relations with these countries, but it should still be a more prominent concern. Get it together, America.

  26. Sydny B says:

    This was such a depressing article to read! Unfortunately it was not shocking, but just confirmed several upsetting things I’ve recently read about fish. In my house, we try our hardest to eat “clean”. This basically means eating foods with only one ingredient, i.e.: Fish, chicken, lean meat, veggies, fruit… You get the point. But after reading this article, it does make you think, is Wendy’s really any more bad than the salmon I cook for dinner? The fish whose last meal was feces and has been smothered in embalming fluid… With fast food and processed foods, we are eating “food like” products, and the food that’s supposed to be healthy- well it really isn’t. I was surprised (but not really) to learn of the minimum to no inspections that take place with fish we are importing. So, for now I will start looking for wild Alaskan salmon- until that becomes tainted too.

    • Don’t feel bad, I am working on my Chef’s certificate and have always loved food but it is not easy to always eat healthy BUT it is possible…but avoiding the fish we know is not inspected and tainted is probably a good place to start!

  27. Khari L says:

    I still tend to eat fish every now and then, just not as often as I like. The market nowadays sell fish different types a ways to make it seem fresh. I find it shocking that some companies dye their salmon pink. Whether we like it or not, companies will continue to sell fish however they please. The governments in each cities may need together with both private and public sectors in order to further investigate the illegal destitutions of sea food.

  28. Michael R. says:

    Like many others who have commented before me, this article definitely shocked me. As someone who attempts to make a conscious effort to make healthy food choices, I can attest that your opening sentence certainly holds true. I am a proponent of labeling foods in such a way that will allow consumers the knowledge of where their respective food is derived from. Therefore, I would certainly be a fan of knowing, through labeling, which fish is not inspected. Yet, I suppose the question then becomes a matter of whether or not such labels would be accurate. An additional concern of mine is if we, as a collective nation, are participating in such amounts of trading with China, why do we, the United States, not inspect our imports? Very interesting article!

  29. Cassidy C. says:

    Wow!!! That’s all I know to say. It bothers me to know that I am eating this, but more so for my children one day that will have it worse than we do. What can be done to help in this area? I don’t even want to think about all the other foods I eat. There is no telling what all is in it that’s bad for me or can harm my body in one way or another. Thank you for the information and making us all a little more aware!

  30. Jill V says:

    Not trusting what I can buy in stores these days is one of the reasons I started gardening. How is it that only 3-4% of “our” imported fish is getting inspected? Just when I thought a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish was the best thing on their list of things to order : /. Please tell me Kenny Longaker is one to be trusted lol…b/c those numbers (3-4%) are terribly sad.

  31. I was eating sushi today when the smell reminded me of sophomore biology and the time I dissected a frog. Immediately, I decided to Google the words “formaldehyde” and “sushi”. I pulled up your blog and your research confirms my suspicion. As much as I love sushi, I will never eat it again.

    • yep, see that’s a smart move! I and a research assistant have findings I will blog about soon about other popular foods, let’s just say we are sacrificing our health for some pennies saved upfront. thanks for the comment!

  32. Reblogged this on analyticalperspective and commented:
    I was eating sushi today when the smell reminded me of sophomore biology and the time I dissected a frog. The smell made me think of formaldehyde. Of course, this led to me wondering if the fish I eat is preserved in formaldehyde. Greg the blogger confirmed my suspicion. I will not be eating sushi again.

  33. Dave says:

    You have ruined my whole day. I have been avoiding Asian fish by reading labels ever since I saw a YouTube video of a Chinese fish farm. But it is impossible to completely avoid it all, so when I buy fish from Asia I have stuck with what I thought were wild caught fish like flounder. But you say the Chinese farm them too. Bummer.

    • Worse…we are literally killing our domestic fishing industry to waive regulations for Asian and Chinese fish farms to dominate our domestic market. And sorry about your day…salad anyone?

  34. Cindy says:

    I googled two frozen shrimp brands on sale at Winn Dixie. Fisherman’s wharf and Gulf Pride. Gulf pride has been in business since 1953 and is out of Biloxi Miss. Wild caught USA shrimp. Your article came up for Fishermans Wharf. Good job. We have a become a country that gets excited about the prospect of eating 20 chicken nuggets that only costs $1.29! How is that even possible. Given the employees, processing, paper goods, free condiments, shipping, overhead……what can the value of what ends up in your stomach possibly be. I want a fair value for my money, but I don’t want to eat something with less than the box its served in. We have created a market for “crap”, so when we are served it we must accept responsibility for that. Thanks for you article.

    • Cindy-Thanks! Want to know something crazy? It seems that fish processers out of places like Vietnam that are absolutely deplorable and unsafe can send their processed fish to the USA and if it is re-packaged here it can then be labeled American made. Wow. When did getting fresh, wild and safe fish so hard??

  35. valdostaphil says:

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    This is really disappointing. Because I love fish. It seems like everything is processed now though. Genetically modified, chemicals, etc. etc. Sometimes it makes me just want to give up and live blissfully of all this stuff and not care. Because who can account for everything, right? There isn’t enough time in a day or a lifetime to account for all this unsafe stuff. Oh well. Guess I’ll just keep eating fish. Because this same story is probably true of every other food alternative I have anyway.

    Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe we should raise taxes, hire more regulatory enforcers, and block products that don’t meet our standards. But I’m too much of a defeatist to think that will happen, either. Good thing I have no intentions of ever being a policy-maker, the shock of the defeatism would crush my idealistic soul.

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