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Mercury: Poisoned By Tuna Fish

Mercury: Poisoned By Tuna Fish


Author Ayelet Waldman is passionate about the perils of mercury, which is why she joined the Moms Clean Air Force. She discusses her daughter’s scary experience with mercury poisoning — a result, she thinks, of her toddler’s love for tuna fish. “Polluters have money, and they have political influence,” she says. “We as mothers need to band together across the political spectrum and take on this issue for our children’s sake.”

Video: Ayelet Waldman – Why I Joined Moms Clean Air Force


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5:00AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

How sad. We are poisoning our planet.

10:35PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Laura, I agree with most of your analogies, but in some cases, that IS part of the name. For instance, those of us who have the breed, or are familiar with them call them GSD's. I've had people ask me what that stands for. It stands for German Shepherd DOG and that is the name of the breed, not just "German Shepherd". If you check with AKC, the official breed club is the German Shepherd DOG Club of America. We just use the acronym, though.

I've also always heard tuna referred to as tunafish, and yes, seagulls, and living in Puget Sound, trust me, they are everywhere. Most people around here use both terms........"Seagulls" and just "Gulls", since the white kind, like Jonathan Livingston Seagull is the only kind normally seen.

9:07PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Have to disagree with Dave D. Much prefer Canadian English spelling and pronounciation. Thank-you very much.

And, by the way, Dave, there are other types of corn apart from sweet corn; so, in fact, "sweet" is used appropriately to describe a type of corn.

Also, since you claim to be a writer, you might want to check your own grammar and spelling before firing off your comments.

7:21PM PST on Dec 16, 2011


9:39AM PST on Dec 16, 2011

I agree with Dave D. tuna fish, and Tiger Cats are redundant. Mercury is the reason I don't consume much tuna and worries over over fishing.

8:11AM PST on Dec 16, 2011

LOL, Dave.

Well, I see people do the same thing with birds. Blue jays and Steller's jays I've both heard called "jay birds". And "sea gull" is a layman's term--other birdwatchers just call them gulls, as they already have a species name to modify the term such as Glaucous-winged gull, Thayer's gull, etc. I've heard "crow bird", "titmouse bird", and "turkey fowl" in my life.

And my personal favorite for mammals--"Shiba Inu Dog!" I hear that at vet offices fairly often--"inu" just means dog, so saying Inu Dog is just Dog Dog.

As for tuna itself, I haven't eaten it for years. Never liked it, and I liked it even less when I learned years ago how much mercury it contains.

11:32PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Great article. Thanks.

11:29PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Dave D., you should be around my grandaughter-in-law. She is from Georgia and refuses to stop referring to hamburger as anything but "hamburger meat". I've asked her a ga-zillion times, what else would it be? The addition of the word "meat" is redudant. She also insists that "majorly" is a proper word and we argued constantly about her addng the "ly" to several other adjectives. She once told me that she and my grandson had stayed at a certain hotel SUIT (pronounced as the mens clothing item)..........and yes, she claims she went to college.

3:37PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Mercury is EVERYWHERE and in EVERYTHING- coal is polluting our entire planet.

2:36PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Mercury is terrible for everyone, not just kids :/

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