In its show “Risks on a Plate,” featured on the program “Exhibits,” the second largest French public television channel, France 3, recently revealed what it named as the shocking truth behind Norwegian fish farming, where toxic amounts of pesticides are being fed to farmed salmons to prevent sea lice, a practice that poses problems for both marine and human health.
According to France 3, one Norwegian salmon farmer revealed that the amount of pesticides fed to the fish was so high that he would not consume the fish himself. Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fishing, said he was revolted to know of this practice and soon after contacted his Norwegian counterpart about the matter. Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Lisbeth Berg-Hansen explained that the pesticides are used only as a last resort, and that while they don’t seem to harm the salmon, it is “alarming” that other species in the same environment were affected.
Lice infestations, which have caused the perishing of more and more farmed Norwegian salmon in recent years, have originated primarily from the conditions of extreme crowding in feces-contaminated contained areas off the coasts. In 2009 the Norwegian salmon industry spent €60 million on anti-lice measures, with expectations that they might spend double that in 2010. In addition, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority noted that the lice have been rapidly spreading to wild salmon as well.
We thank France 3 and agencies such as the Norwegian Food Safety Authority for your concerned notification about this hazardous aspect of fish consumption. May humanity find safety in the organic plant-based diet with fish farms becoming history so that all marine friends can roam in freedom and health across the seas.
During a September 2009 videoconference in Peru, Supreme Master Ching Hai commented on still other problems caused by fish production practices, urging for a global solution to save not only human health but also the planet.