Our position on Got Mercury? has always been pretty clear: its misleading and misguided crusade is not designed to help consumers but simply to cause them to eliminate fish from their diet because of the organization's real concern over sea turtles (not public health). That means some consumers, are missing out on the proven health benefits of fish—an affordable food that could help them lose weight and boost cardiac health.
But the latest announcement from Got Mercury? has taken things a step further and perhaps too far. It’s demonstrable evidence of just how far they'll go to force their beliefs on sensible Americans—even if it means using the most vulnerable members of society to do it.
Earlier this month, as millions of Americans donated canned food to charities around the country in anticipation of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, Got Mercury? issued an announcement asking organizations not to distribute donations of canned tuna. The reason: the group's exaggerated claims about trace amount of mercury in the fish.
The announcement shows us just how desperate the radicals at Got Mercury? have become. Canned tuna is unique because it provides a rare combination of nutrition and affordability. No other lean protein can provide such a powerful array of Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D. Substituting for it in America's food banks isn't just impractical, it's impossible. And denying it to people who come to food banks for help at the holidays is cruel and counterproductive.
But it's not as if considerations like those matter to Got Mercury?. It would appear that the only thing that matters is their radical agenda, and they're not above using the poor to make their point, no matter who gets hurt.All SeafoodSource blogs >