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Is Your Food Poisoned? A Must Read!

A Green 400 Exclusive Update:
Millions of Americans, Canadians and Europeans get sick from eating food that inspectors say are safe. A special report in the November 2012 issue of Bloomberg Markets explored those dangers.

Trying to find records on any of the fisheries in China is near to impossible because there are no records, and if found…. very few records have  details of daily activities to prove food safety.
“We are trying to meet international standards,”says a Chinese fisherman Ngoc Sinh.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Buckley, says her company has no records of auditing for Ngoc Sinh.

Would you eat a fish that came from this picture below?

Polluted Fish Farm in China

Polluted Fish Farm in China

At Chen Qiang’s tilapia farm in Yangjiang city in China, Chen feeds fish with feces from hundreds of pigs and geese.That practice is dangerous for American consumers, says Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety.

“The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” says Doyle, who has studied food borne diseases in China.
On a sweltering, overcast day in August, the smell of animal feces is overpowering, Chen age 45, wades barefoot into his murky ponds that have several thousand dead fish laying upside down in the water to open a pipe so that  fresh water from a nearby canal can appear to make the water look healthy to the exporters that come to his farm to sell the fish to U.S. companies.
We all know how greedy the U.S. companies are, they will buy up the live and dead fish and re-sell it to turn a profit.

FUQING, China — Here in southern China of Fujian Province, lie dozens of enormous ponds filled with murky brown water and over-crowded with eels, shrimp and tilapia, much of it destined for markets in Japan and the West including Europe, Canada and the U.S.

Green 400 Magazine asks: The U.S. has more than enough room to grow and harvest fish, so why infect our nation with food from other countries that are contaminated and dangerous?

China~Choking on Growth

This information comes from the eighth in a series of articles and multimedia examining the human toll, global impact and political challenge of China’s epic pollution crisis.

Contamination Threatens Seafood Industry

Fuqing is No. 1 on a list for refused seafood shipments from China.
Fuqing is one of the centers of a booming industry that over two decades has transformed their country into the biggest producer and exporter of seafood in the world, and the fastest-growing supplier to the United States, Europe and Canada.

AGAIN!! The U.S. has more than enough room to grow and harvest fresh and uncontaminated fish, so why infect our nation with food from other countries that are contaminated and dangerous?
Answer: GREED, for it is cheaper to have fish farms in China then it is to have them in the U.S.
No matter what the dangers are to the American people, the only thing that matters to corporations in the U.S. is the almighty dollar, and as Bill Gates says we need to depopulate the world anyway, so lets keep buying contaminated foods for the 99% of the population from filthy countries, the sooner they get sick and die the better for us 1%.

Watch this video of the people (snakes) who control your food supply, this is Wall St, Corporate America, New York, New York.

The title of this video is:

Mike Myers visits Occupy Wall Street & one of the most upsetting comments.

Human growth and over population is threatened by the two most glaring environmental weaknesses in China: acute water shortages and water supplies contaminated by sewage, industrial waste and agricultural runoff that includes pesticides. The fish farms, in turn, are discharging waste water that further pollutes the water supply.

“Our waters here are filthy,” said Ye Chao, an eel and shrimp farmer who has 20 giant ponds in western Fuqing. “There are simply too many aquaculture farms in this area. They’re all discharging water here, fouling up other farms.”

Farmers have coped with the toxic waters by mixing illegal veterinary drugs and pesticides into fish feed, which helps keep their stocks alive yet leaves poisonous and carcinogenic residues in seafood, posing health threats to consumers.

In this upcoming video, it will show you the consumer, a frightening, alarming and dangerous reality that lies behind the bright and perky displays at your local grocery store.

Environmental degradation, in other words, has become a food safety problem, and scientists say the long-term risks of consuming contaminated seafood could lead to higher rates of cancer and liver disease and other afflictions.

Foreign importers are worried, in recent years the European Union and Japan have imposed temporary bans on Chinese seafood because of illegal drug residues and carcinogenic preservation in keeping fish fresh.
Carcinogen’s are the fumes from a car’s exhaust. If your local grocery store sells hybrid sushi please read the labels….most of them are just soaked in carcinogens to keep the color in the seafood and will tell you so on the label.  It will say the word carcinogens.

Hybrid Grocery Store Sushi

Hybrid Grocery Store Sushi

Carcinogens are also used to preserve sushi. Watch your labels and ask your sushi chef how his seafood is preserved.

Usually the seafood chef will say…”fresh very fresh”, but that does not answer the question. The question is, how do you preserve your seafood? They probably won’t answer you or act like they don’t understand..then if this happens …just leave.

Regulators in countries are struggling to keep contaminated seafood out of the market. China has shut down seafood companies accused of violating the law and blacklisted others, while United States regulators are concentrating on Chinese seafood for special inspections, but most of the seafood gets through inspections to the supermarket to your plate.

China's Fisheries Polluted  With Dangerous Chemicals

China’s Fisheries Polluted With Dangerous Chemicals

By comparison, Thailand, also a major exporter of seafood to the United States, had only two refusals related to illegal veterinary drugs. China as a whole had 210 refusals for illegal drugs. READ YOUR LABELS it will say from CHINA!

“For 50 years,” said Wang Wu, a professor at Shanghai Fisheries University, “we’ve blindly emphasized economic growth. The only pursuit has been G.D.P., and now we can see that the water turns dirty and the seafood gets more and more dangerous.
Every year, there are food safety and environmental pollution accidents.”

Environmental problems plaguing seafood would appear to be a bad omen for the industry, but with fish stocks in the oceans are steadily declining, the global demand for seafood soaring, farmed seafood, or aquaculture is the future.
No country sells more seafood than China, which produced about 115 billion pounds of seafood last year.

China produces about 70 percent of the farmed fish in the world, harvested at thousands of giant factory-style farms that extend along the entire eastern seaboard of the country. Farmers mass-produce seafood just offshore, but mostly on land, and in lakes, ponds, rivers and reservoirs, or in huge rectangular fish ponds dug into the earth.

“China will be a major supplier not just to the U.S., but to the world,” said Richard Stavis, the chairman of Stavis Seafoods.

China started gaining power as a seafood power in the 1990s as rapid economic growth became the top priority in the country. But environmental experts say that headlong pursuit of higher gross domestic product has devastated Chinese water quality and endangered the country’s food supply. In Guangdong Province in southern China, fish contaminated with toxic chemicals like DDT are already creating health problems.

“There are heavy metals, mercury and flame retardants in fish samples we’ve tested,” said Ming Hung Wong, a professor of biology at Hong Kong Baptist University. “We’ve got to stop the pollutants entering the food system.”

More than half of the rivers in China are too polluted to serve as a source of drinking water. The biggest lakes in the country regularly succumb to harmful algal blooms. Seafood producers are part of the problem, environmental experts say. Enormous aquaculture farms concentrate fish waste, pesticides and veterinary drugs in their ponds and discharge the contaminated water into rivers, streams and coastal areas, often with no treatment.

China's Waters Contaminated By Green 400 Magazine

China’s Waters Contaminated By Green 400 Magazine

“Water is the biggest problem in China,” said Peter Leedham, the business manager at Sino Analytica, an independent food safety testing firm that works with companies that buy from China. “But my feeling is China will deal with it, because it has to. It just won’t be a quick process.”

In the meantime please be careful and watch all your labels on all your food supplies, you just never know what to expect anymore from our local supermarkets..The new trend is to go directly to the farmer nearest you to get your food supplies.  Stay safe and be careful….



Murder in the Sea’s~Unacceptable Behavior

Who is killing all the whales, dolphins and porpoises?

First let us learn a little about whales, dolphins and porpoises, they are all in the class of cetaceans. Cetaceans are aquatic mammals characterized by having fusform (streamlined) body shapes, paddles-shaped front limbs and vestigial hind limbs. Their tails have been flattened into flukes to aid propulsion.  

The Whale Family By Green 400 Magazine

Cetaceans spend all their time in the oceans, they are mammals just like us. This means that they are warm blooded, give birth to live young, nurse their young, have traces of hair or fur, and must come to the surface to breathe air through their lungs.

Millions of years ago, the ancestors of whales lived on land. Scientists believe these land ancestors looked like small dogs, but were probably more closely related to hippos and went into the ocean about 60 million years ago. Over time, these ancestors adapted to survive solely in the ocean environment. Their front legs turned into paddle-shaped flippers, they lost their back legs, their tails grew larger and widened to form flukes, and they developed a thick layer of fat, called blubber, to keep warm in the ocean. Also, their skulls elongated and the nostrils shifted to the top of their heads (blowholes) to aid in breathing at the ocean’s surface.  They developed a series of adaptations related to diving, which include the ability to store more oxygen in their blood and muscles and having more blood volume relative to their body size than land mammals. The baleen whales eat very small animals, which are low on the food chain, these whales are all very large and eat great quantities at once. For instance, the blue whale is the largest animal on earth, weighing up to 150 tons. Baby blue whales gain 10 pounds (4.5 kg) an hour!

Watch this amazing video of the amazing blue whale.

Current Status

Many whales are endangered, largely due to past hunting from the Japanese and South Koreans.  Right now people are protesting all over the world about hunting these valuable animals. Years ago, people used the oil from the blubber of whales for all sorts of items, including oil burned in lamps and ingredients for manufacturing lipstick. They also used whale meat to eat or make pet food, sinews for tennis racket strings, and even used baleen as supports in ladies underwear. A waxy substance called ambergris, which is from a sperm whale’s digestive system, was used in making perfume.  Ambergris was very valuable and a large lump found by a beach goer was worth a fortune.

Since 1986, there has been a ban or moratorium on hunting the large whales for commercial uses. However, some countries still kill whales for scientific purposes, and others have illegally resumed commercial whaling. This is controversial because the products from these whales are still used commercially.  Many scientists question whether the whales really need to be killed to learn the sorts of things being studied.  Each year from September to May over 20,000 dolphins are slaughtered in Japan. Fishermen round them up by the hundreds using sound barriers to disorient and herd the frantic pods out of their normal migrations into hidden lagoons like the one featured in The Cove.      

Bottle-nose dolphins especially ones that look like Flipper, are pre-selected by trainers and sold off for upwards of $200,000 to marine mammal parks around the world, where they will remain in captivity performing as circus acts. After the trainers and spectators have left, the rest of the dolphins are inhumanely killed in what can only be described as a massacre. 

The butchered dolphins are later used for food, but the Japanese government has intentionally sheltered people from the dangers of eating them. Consumers of dolphin meat run the risk of mercury poisoning due to high levels of the toxin within the animals. Adding to the danger, much of the pricier whale meat they purchase is actually mislabeled toxic dolphin meat. While the Japanese government defends dolphin hunting as part of their cultural heritage, this tradition has serious health effects on its own people. 

The more lucrative captive dolphin industry is the driving economic force behind the dolphin slaughter in Taiji.
In the U.S. alone, dolphinariums represent an $8.4 billion industry, while a dead dolphin fetches a mere $600. International law provides no protections against the killing of dolphins, and other slaughters occur in places outside of Japan.

Dolphin Love By Green 400 Magazine

Small cetaceans, namely dolphins are not protected by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). In fact, the IWC affords no protections for 71 (out of 80, known) cetacean species, including all dolphins and porpoises, which is why Japan can legally kill them by the tens of thousands.

Green 400 Magazine will keep petitions running so that our friendly sea family will remain safe from poachers way.  Please go to our Facebook page and hit our like button to support our cause.      

The Japanese people have been intentionally sheltered from the slaughter, and the large majority are still unaware that much of the meat they purchase is actually mislabeled dolphin meat.

Many people are concerned about the fate of the small whales (the dolphins and porpoises). Thousands die every year from getting caught in fishing nets and plastic trash. Toxins and pollution in the ocean are affecting the health of these animals and likely their ability to fight off diseases. Around the world, there has been an increase in reported strandings of marine mammals.  Strandings occur when marine mammals or sea turtles swim or float into shore and become “beached” or stuck in shallow water.  Other species are suffering due to loss of their habitat. Sometimes even whale watching can interfere with and harass whales, if the boats venture too close to the whales or separate mothers from calves. Small whales are sometimes captured for display in aquariums and even hotels, and many people question the quality of life and health for these animals.

Killer Whales By Green 400 Magazine

In the recent past, popular movements helped to save the whales from hunting. Unfortunately, the whales are not completely safe. We need to understand and solve some of the problems currently threatening whales like climate change, boat strikes, entanglement in nets, and noise pollution. You can help by learning about the issues, letting others know what you have learned, and writing to lawmakers. Also, if you ever have the chance, try to see live whales in the wild. You will never forget it!