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Fish Harvest Down 90% After Pesticide Use

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Research data show an association between the 90% reduction of fish harvested from Lake Shinji and the application of neonicotinoids to adjacent rice paddies
  • The researchers quoted the same prediction made by Rachel Carson in her 1962 book “Silent Spring”
  • Neonicotinoids have drastically reduced the insect population; this loss will have a cascading effect on food ecosystems, the ramifications of which should not be taken lightly
  • Neonicotinoids come with high risk, but little reward as evidence shows monocrop fields using them have a greater damaging insect population than regenerative farms

A fishery is an organized means of catching fish, an activity otherwise known as fishing. This is different from fish farms, also known as aquaculture. On fish farms, the fish are commercially raised in enclosures for food, while a fishery is organized fishing for wild fish.

Farmed fish are some of the most toxic foods; this is especially true for farmed salmon, according to one study. Researchers found that farmed salmon tested five times more toxic than other food products. Farmed salmon contain half the omega-3 of wild salmon and are often fed a genetically modified diet. Many are given antibiotics and exposed to pesticides and other toxins to offset the unsanitary conditions in which they live.


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