Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Questions for the Authors of the Sustainable Sushi Guides

If you'd like to take a look at the sushi pocket guide published by the Environmental Defense Fund, click here. While you're reading it, keep the following questions in mind:
  • Why is nutritional guidance being given to the public without any peer review or even the availability of the underlying medical assertions?
  • Since the guides conflate “mercury and other contaminants” – even citing fish like salmon with scant trace amounts, how can consumers avoid confusion about the specific health threats being alleged?
  • If these guides actually dissuade some consumers from eating seafood altogether, as the federal government has warned can occur from alarmist nutritional information, wouldn’t that deny Americans proven and vital health benefits of eating fish?
  • Is it appropriate for environmental lobbying groups to be providing nutritional advice to the public in the first place?

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