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I see the Canadian Communications Officer(Grant Warkentin)for one of the world's largest salmon farm company, Cermaq (Mainstream Canada) is quick to re-spin this important and evidently damaging information. The findings Grant notes could be written for every operational and accredited lab functioning today. The removal of OIE status for the Kilbenge lab was predicted in December of 2011 by the lawyer Greg McDade, questioning CFIA and DFO during the Cohen Commission hearings: “Dr. Kibenge had the temerity to announce positive test results and the result is his lab is being analyzed by you … I suggest to you that the federal government is going to try and take away his OIE certification as a punishment for this…I predict within the next 12 months Canada will go after his credibility; isn't that right?” Why was there no routine testing or concern of the lab before ISA was detected in BC farmed salmon? With respect to the confirmation of ISA in BC farmed salmon, that is exactly what Dr. Nylund did with the samples that tested positive in Dr. Kibenge's lab, he did the requisite follow-up tests. In addition, this was described publicaly and in all honesty to the low level signal and possible interference in an objective manner by Dr. Morton from her post on 2 Nov 2011 entitled: "More European ISA virus detected in wild BC salmon". Grant, it appears you can't be bothered to read outside your talking points or provide objective information when it may threaten the industry you are paid to protect.
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Mar 13, 2013
Given the circus around horse meat in the UK right now, you can just imagine how fish offal is utilized to recycle persistent organic pollutants like dioxins, PCBs, flame retardants, and pesticides in our food chain. Feeding carnivorous fish like salmon forage fish at 3 kg in to 1 kg out (or more) and their own concentrated and bioaccumulated contaminants is not 'sustainable', no matter what the farm shareholder brochure states. Then there is the spread of the viral diseases (harder to manage than bacterial or parasitic ones) by consumers down the sink and into their local environment. How wild fish species manage this new route of contagion, as well as how we manage ourselves with possible zoonosis is concerning. Much of the fish farm waste from disease is sent off to compost, where the temperatures are not sufficient to breakdown dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs, and many flame retardants, so we are placing contaminated fertilizer right in our own gardens. The Scottish Government indicates: Utilisation: -Reduction to fish meal and fish oil: conversion to a marketable commodity -Direct consumption: utilisation by zoo and circus animals, hounds, maggot and worm (for use as bait) farming
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2013 on Where have all the dead fish gone? at Rob Edwards
Wasn't something like this that caused the extinction event 250 million years ago? Oh, right: With some explanations such as 'a very big asteroid hit the ocean where Antarctica is now (the crater of which they've found), which created a huge shock wave around the Earth coming back to focus in Siberia-to-be, opening enormous lava fields known as the Siberian Traps, but that's not what caused the death of 95% of all life, up to that point it was only equal to the dinosaur killer, but it was just enough worse it caused about 5 degrees Celsius warming, which in turn triggered a sea floor clathrate (frozen methane) melt. That's positive feedback because methane is a greenhouse gas which warmed the world further, spurring more ocean warming, more clathrate melting (with horrible consequences for the sea water too) until finally all available clathrates were gone. Only a few reptile species survived, among which were the common ancestors of dinosaurs and mammals.'
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