I received an interesting email today, promoting a new web site called FishScam.com. The web site purports to allay the fears of consumers over the amounts of mercury and other pollutants in our fish supply. We consumers are being "scammed and alarmed," they say, by environmental and organic "radicals" who run around in pirate boats and attack fishing fleets and the like. Relax, they say. Eat fish.
I like eating fish. In fact, I highly recommend you visit Beyond Salmon, an excellent food blog all about recipes for fish. Yet even as I continue to eat fish, the fact is I am very concerned about the pollutants in our water and in all our food supply. So what's really going on here? Is FishScam really a web site protecting my interests as a consumer? Or is it protecting the interests of industrial polluters who are tired of having to answer to consumers' justified concerns over the toxicity of our food supply?
I think the real scam here is the placating of consumers with pats on the head, telling us that just because we don't want to eat poison we might as well be Jack Sparrow on the high seas, harpooning some poor fisherman trying to make an honest living.
My response? Go fish somewhere else for consumers. I don't feel protected when you tell me that the amount of poison in our food is "acceptable and safe". I don't feel protected when companies like Monsanto are cornering the market on food with their genetically modified seeds, then removing our precious bio-diversity and poisoning our soil. I don't feel protected when your best defense of "business as usual" is to characterize your opponents as wild eyed violent radicals, when the truth is that your opponents are ordinary Moms and Dads who simply want to feed their families healthy, nutritious food without having to grow it all themselves in their own back yard.
Because the truth is, if that's what we have to do, we'll do it. We'll have to protect ourselves, because big business isn't going to do it unless it's profitable. For further information on how you can get involved, please visit the Oragnic Consumers Association web site, or Millions Against Monsanto
And as for FishScam.com....Go fish somewhere else. I don't buy what you're selling.