Organic food. For many it is a way of life that promotes an active lifestyle and good health. Chemical free, most organic foods can improve the quality of life for many individuals. Supposedly grown with a low amount of contaminants, organic food is a great way to eat the foods you love without ingesting the harmful materials found in non-organic pesticides and fertilizers. Large corporations of organic foods grow their produce using fish emulsion, a fertilizer produced from the fluid remains of fish. Knowing that the fertilizer comes from fish emulsion sounds like plus for the organic industry. In fact, the last thing you would expect when eating organic foods is to ingest something toxic, however, it is a fact that is slowly becoming known.
Mercury is one of the most toxic materials to be regularly ingested by people. It used to be that eating something like tuna, a large fish that is commonly eaten despite having noticeable traces of mercury, was fine within the realm of a couple of times a week. While it still may be the case, more and more fish are turning up with higher amounts of mercury. These toxic fish are still being used to create fish emulsion, and that emulsion is still being used to fertilize produce by large organic producers. This is essentially creating toxic food.
Before you shrug it off and think "well I know it can't be in MY food", did you know that mercury poisoning is incredibly difficult to detect? Most doctors don't screen for it and the symptoms are so common that they are often mistaken for a myriad of other illnesses. Unless you specifically know to ask for a mercury poisoning test, there is a large probability that you may be misdiagnosed and the problem may never be resolved. Over time, mercury can cause massive amounts of damage and may even result in death. It is particularly damaging in children, causing profound mental defects as well as massive damage to other organs.
Mercury is a deadly toxin that can be easily avoided with the proper precautions. I am asking others to help stop this threat by contacting the Center for Science in the Public Interest with a brief email asking them to look into the use of fish emulsion as a fertilizer by the organic food industry. Choosing to ignore this problem could be more harmful than eating non-organic foods. So please take the time and send that email, it's quick and if enough people participate we may be able to bring organic food back to its former glory.