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Mercury Rising In Fish

Avoid Fish Or Not?

Eating fish and seafood in general is becoming a health risk. Yes, we need to clean up our planet and deal with pollution, food packaging and overpopulation but before we get there, you need to know the dangers. For example foods like tuna and swordfish and other popular seafood often carry high very levels of mercury.

So what are we to do? Good question. Consider what we are all doing every day to increase waste. Consider your body and how to best protect it. Lots of concerns. No easy answers. All the best #canada🍁

Here is a great list we found at the link at the bottom of this post. Eat wisely and let’s all work together to save our amazing planet (and ourselves).


Fish and Shellfish Lowest in Mercury

Eat two to three servings a week of the following fish (pregnant women and small children should not eat more than 12 ounces or two servings):

  • Anchovies
  • Catfish
  • Clam
  • Crab
  • Crawfish
  • Croaker (Atlantic)
  • Flounder
  • Haddock
  • Hake
  • Herring
  • Mackerel (North Atlantic, Chub)
  • Mullet
  • Oyster
  • Perch (The FDA lists this on the low list, but the NDRC lists it as moderate or high)
  • Pollock
  • Salmon
  • Sardine
  • Scallop
  • Shrimp
  • Sole
  • Squid
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Whitefish

Fish With Modest Amounts of Mercury

Eat six servings or fewer per month (pregnant women and small children should avoid these):

  • Bass (Saltwater, Striped, Black)
  • Buffalofish
  • Carp
  • Cod (Alaskan)
  • Halibut
  • Lobster
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Monkfish
  • Perch (freshwater)
  • Snapper
  • Skate
  • Tilefish (Atlantic)
  • Tuna (canned chunk light)

Fish High in Mercury

Eat three servings or less per month (pregnant women and small children should avoid these):

  • Bluefish
  • Grouper
  • Sea Bass (Chilean)
  • Mackerel (Spanish, Gulf)
  • Croaker (White, Pacific)
  • Sablefish
  • Perch (ocean)
  • Tuna (canned albacore, yellowfin)

Fish Highest in Mercury

The FDA lists these choices to avoid eating:

  • King mackerel
  • Marlin
  • Orange Roughy
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • Tilefish (from the Gulf of Mexico)
  • Tuna (Bigeye, Ahi)
  • Bluefish and grouper: The National Resources Defense Council adds these to the list of those to avoid.

Good article to be found at

https://www.verywellfit.com/the-best-types-of-fish-for-health-2223830

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February 2017 Video of the Month

Learn about Population Connection and support them

Erika Tajiri, our wonderful spokesperson, is back again this month. What does she have this month for you? Well, first off there is this video (see below):

and what is in store for you when you watch our February Video of the Month? On top of being charmed to the top of your head by Erika, there is great info on our amazing $500 Video Contest (for details click here). Also she explains why it is so important that we support “Population Connection” – a group dedicated to helping alleviate the crazy overpopulation that is wreaking havoc on our beautiful planet.

Enjoy this month’s videos and if you want to never miss them – then make sure to “Like” us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube Channel. You can also receive our monthly E-Newsletters and that may be the best way of all to stay connected. Yes – of course you can do all three! 🙂

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Catching Up With Ecojustice

Ecojustice bee

Ecojustice

With the month of July behind us, we wanted to take a closer look at what Ecojustice, our group of the month, had been up to, and their most recent case has got us absolutely buzzing!

Just two weeks ago, Ecojustice filed a lawsuit targeting the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and their unlawful registration of two types of insecticides (or “neonics”), Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam, which have been linked to statistics and studies regarding declining bee populations worldwide.

What’s the problem?

The PMRA’s continued registration of these neonics allows products containing them (nearly 40 as of this writing) to be sold and used in Canada. While agricultural applications of these products do protect crops from harmful pests, these effects also unfortunately extend to non-harmful pollinators, such as bees. Research has shown that neonics harm bees’ biological functions (such as reproduction and homing abilities), and that neonics are highly toxic to all bee species tested so far.

Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam have been registered for use in Canada by the PMRA for well over a decade, despite the fact that there have been no conclusive studies proving that these neonics are safe for the environment. Instead, they have been “conditionally” registered, which allows these chemicals to continue to be registered without requiring any public consultation.

What’s so great about the bees?

Pollinators, such as bees and other insects, are a major part of the global ecosystem. 80% of all flowering plants require pollinators to reproduce. One-third of the global food supply depends on pollinators. So while they might be a little scary when they’re buzzing around your head, remember that bees are an important part of keeping food on your plates!

What’s the goal of the lawsuit?

Dead beeEcojustice’s goal in filing this lawsuit is simple: The PMRA needs to follow its own rules, as well as the regulatory laws put in place by the government via the Pest Control Products Act.

The continued registration of the neonics Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam require that the PMRA consult the public, and that the chemicals be deemed safe before being registered. The ultimate goal is to ensure that, going forward, these legal standards are always met and that toxic pesticides undergo much more rigorous review processes before being registered.

How can I get involved?

The great news is that, just by being a customer of ContactsForLess.ca, you’re already helping! 51% of our profits for the month of July, by default, will be donated to Ecojustice in order to support important environmental cases just like this!

And if that just isn’t enough for you, you can also visit Ecojustice.ca to make a direct donation! Thank you so much for your support this past month, and remember: At ContactsForLess.ca, you can save money and save the planet!