Posted by: Jeff | May 13, 2010

Yum, Seafood

Via James Fallows, a geologist writes about the unseen consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill:

Also, in this [dissolved] state the [oil] chemicals will also be most easily ingested by marine life through normal respiration of water, thereby entering into the food chain to be passed along as each creature consumes the one beneath it in the chain. Think about that for a second, these chemicals will be able to be ingested into marine life by respiration and food consumption, eventually reaching us through the food chain, and correlate that to the known effects of mercury in “top of the food chain” species like tuna.

So while we are all focused on the admittedly horrible and graphic impact of the free phase oil that is prominently displayed on our televisions and the web, the untold story of the dissolved phase is still sitting out there ready to impact our food for years to come.

With 1/3 of the nation’s shrimp supply already affected and many popular fish populations dwindling, it makes you think about what the future of seafood will look like.

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