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Dirty Water, Dangerous Fish

by Editor on July 22, 2010

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~ Thanks to Ian Angus from the UD Forum for sharing this very thought-provoking and disturbing video of catfish farming on the Mekong River in Vietnam.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

russat July 24, 2010 at 2:36 am

this video does not surprise me. with all the factory processed food we are subjected to here in north america – most of it being genetically modified corn-based – should we really be concerned?
yes, the pollution of feces, petroleum and whatever else which seeps into the water is disconcerting, but in the grand scheme of things, what are the test results on the final product? has anyone ever bought a bag of frozen prawns from safeway that come from the sewage ditches of vietnam? if so, have you ever had them tested at a lab for carcinogens? my guess is probably not.
here’s a suggestion: why don’t we question the abnormally large and flavourless, out of season fruits and vegetables that we buy regularly at our “local” outlets. has anyone even questioned how “farmers” can grow, harvest and keep fresh the produce we buy when veg and fruit are out of natural season? the answer lies in the mcdonald’s fries you find under your car seat when you clean your car out, six months after you went through the drive-thru…those aren’t real potatoes…they are products of chemical intervention, the same process found in the video..although, the video seems to be a bit more organic. seriously, folks…question your intake…even-and especially – if it’s local.
russ.

Conrad Yablonski July 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm

These videos have been around for a number of years now and I suppose it’s an indication that the ‘slow/silly season’ is upon us that they appear here after so long.

Simply put they are the product of an intensive lobbying effort by US Catfish producers/their hangers on who are desperate to win back some of the % of farmed Catfish sales that have been lost to offshore producers.

I note that farmed Catfish producers in the Mekong delta have been forced to label their fish Basa while US producers who have the exact same product are allowed to call if Catfish.

One web commentary I read noted ‘In some US states the Catfish farm tail wags the state enforcement dog’.

IOW this blog is (unwittingly or not) promoting propaganda of the most inaccurate and specious type.

TNL January 8, 2013 at 12:27 am

Thank You for being blunt & honest! More people need to be aware of this so they can make better informed decisions rather then have a load of shit (no pun intended – well perhaps) thrown at them for sale in what are deemed to be “clean, safe and healthy grocery stores.”

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