There have been recent fears that children may be at risk of mercury poisoning from eating tuna. This scare originates from American claims that eating too much Tuna may cause learning difficulties in children as the flesh of tuna becomes contaminated with mercury from polluted waters more than most other fish. A Government report which has been commissioned to establish safe guidelines for quantities of tuna safe to be eaten.
It is reported that new research is to be carried out by the Government concerning levels of mercury in fish, based on US claims that eating too much tuna may cause learning difficulties in children as the flesh of tuna becomes contaminated with mercury from polluted waters more than most other fish.
Two years ago, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) warned expectant mothers not to eat more than two cans of tuna each week to protect their unborn child. An American child suffered learning difficulties and mercury poisoning after eating a portion if tuna every day, and this has raised concerns. Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project, which campaigns for the reduction of mercury pollution, said ‘the FSA needs to take the next step and recommend a proper limit for the amount of tuna children can eat’.
As far as I can see there are no guidelines available yet, so proceed with caution.
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I’ve been reading two very alarming articles today. The first reporting on Monsanto and their genetically modified corn which when consumed led to ill effects in rats, http://www.mercola.com/2005/jul/30/monsanto_report.htm . The awful thing is that the negative scientific evidence has been covered up until now! What will genetically modified food do to us in the long term? Or to our children and children’s children?
The other article was from the BBC News on pesticides and how they have been shown to harm children. Many illnesses were reported in a school in a crop spaying area, of these 406 cases were examined in detail.
They found two-thirds were associated with pesticides. A massively high proportion. The school in the study was in a rural area and had had chemicals drifting into schools from nearby farms. It is so wrong that innocent children can be passively affected by such things, and that is before they eat the crops to which the spray has been applied. What are we doing to ourselves?
I find them both very distressing. For goodness sake let us unite with one voice in this matter and say NO to GMO and to pesticides.