Eyeless shrimp, fish with tumors: What will eating foods from this area do to humans?
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Eyeless shrimp, fish with tumors: What will eating foods from this area do to humans?

New Orleans : LA : USA | Apr 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM PDT
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It is not about being politically correct or asking questions in a more appropriate manner, it is simply a question that needs to be answered! Will these deformed aquatic creatures damage humans when consume? There is no tapdancing around this issue. These are serious concerns and consumers should be alarmed and concerned.

Two years ago the offshore drilling rig owned by BP spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Lives were devastated, jobs lost and the environment ravaged. The true cost of the damage has yet to be determined as more and more businesses go under. As the oil and gas industry bashes President Obama for not supporting their offshore endeavors, scientists and fisherman continue to report abnormal creatures coming from the waters. These reports include shrimp with no eyes and some with no eye sockets, fish with abnormal growths and tumors and clawless crabs that are one-fifth their normal size.

The devastation of the contamination to the ecosystem in the Gulf has yet to be fully understood, while it leaves consumers in the lurch. The impact to the inhabitants of the Gulf of Mexico appears to be far-reaching and disturbing. The next step in the progression of concerned thoughts turns to the potential damage to humans consuming products from this contaminated region. The effect to the molecular structure of these sea creatures is somewhat apparent on the surface and seems to be widespread. Humans who eat seafood should begin to wonder how the contamination could be affecting their bodies when it is digested. We know very little about the effects of a spill of this magnitude because it has never been experienced before. There is great uncertainty about the future of the creatures in this area and this concern should be transferred to the people that consume this food. Is the human body able to break down food that is contaminated and mutated without causing health concerns? This is the question we should all be asking ourselves.

Concerns over the chemicals that may have been released into the water are high. Corexit, the dispersant used by BP in the process of drilling these offshore rigs, is composed of many ingredients that are already known to be toxic to aquatic creatures. Gaining access the components of Corexit required a court order since the oil and gas industry is allowed to claim exemptions under the Safe Water Drinking Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and others due to claims of proprietary information for the combination of chemicals used in their extraction methods.

According to Al Jazeera: "The dispersants used in BP's draconian experiment contain solvents," Riki Ott, a toxicologist and political activist, told Al Jazeera. "Solvents dissolve oil, grease, and rubber. It should be no surprise that solvents are also notoriously toxic to people, something the medical community has long known."

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Amee Ellsworth is based in Bennett, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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