HANSAN: Enviros to babies: We hope you’re born dumb

Eco-falsehoods about mercury in fish expose activists who put politics before health

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c Trace amounts of mercury in the commercial seafood we eat are nearly identical to levels recorded over the past 100 years.

c Pregnant women aren’t eating nearly enough seafood. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the average pregnant woman eats less than 2 ounces of fish per week - a paltry amount for her and her developing child.

When it comes to reading about human nutrition in the mainstream press, ask yourself why more and more quoted sources represent environmental organizations that are not registered dieticians, physicians or credentialed authors of peer-reviewed research. We would never take our car to a restaurant and ask the chef to rebuild the transmission, and yet by some strange voodoo, environmental activists are allowed to decide what is and is not healthy for us.

As the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan quipped, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Good public policy should stand on its own merits, and there are far better ways to lobby for a cause than to jeopardize the health and well-being of pregnant women and children.

Mary Anne Hansan is vice president of the National Fisheries Institute.

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