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thepurpose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:37 PM
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Hey China. are there any policies we can enact to ensure we get more fish?
FUQING, China Here in southern China, beneath the looming mountains of Fujian Province, lie dozens of enormous ponds filled with murky brown water and teeming with eels, shrimp and tilapia, much of it destined for markets in Japan and the West.

Fuqing is one of the centers of a booming industry that over two decades has transformed this country into the biggest producer and exporter of seafood in the world, and the fastest-growing supplier to the United States.

But that growth is threatened by the two most glaring environmental weaknesses in China: acute water shortages and water supplies contaminated by sewage, industrial waste and agricultural runoff that includes pesticides. The fish farms, in turn, are discharging wastewater that further pollutes the water supply.

Our waters here are filthy, said Ye Chao, an eel and shrimp farmer who has 20 giant ponds in western Fuqing. There are simply too many aquaculture farms in this area. Theyre all discharging water here, fouling up other farms.

Farmers have coped with the toxic waters by mixing illegal veterinary drugs and pesticides into fish feed, which helps keep their stocks alive yet leaves poisonous and carcinogenic residues in seafood, posing health threats to consumers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/15/world/asia/15fish.htm...
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:46 PM
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1. "FUQING"? You've got to be kidding! *sighs* Oh well. So, who'd be fuqed by those policies?
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:59 PM
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2. Pronounced foo-ching.
Your pronunciation is what they are doing to us with their toxic fish.
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pipoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:32 PM
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3. As long as you are not bargan shopping
your tilapia they are likely farm raised in the US. Now I don't pretend that we don't have some problems with clean water it doesn't hold a candle to Chinese water issues. Just another reason we need to demand country of origin on ALL food products!
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