Operation: Return to Greatness: Helping out the Gulf

How can we change the PERCEPTION of the oil spill effects on the Gulf?

Part of our “Operation: Return to Greatness” involves changing the perception of the effects of the Gulf oil spill that people around the nation might have. The FDA says that Gulf seafood is safe to eat. Businesses on the Gulf coastline need tourism to continue on their beaches. Ideas for how we can help? Whether it’s having a big fish fry or taking a trip down to the Gulf, let us know what you think.

Listnen here to hear what Jay had to say Tuesday on the Jay Mcfarland show.

From the AP: Gulf seafood declared safe; fishermen not so sure

  • Marc Volkman

    let’s put together a O.R.G. trip to the coast like the “buycot” trip…

  • The Destructionist

    Since the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20, 2010 an estimated 60,000 barrels of oil per day have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico (according to official government reports). That amount equates to approximately 224,280,000 gallons of crude. Some of that oil was captured by skimmers and boom, but a majority of it is still out there: either floating underwater, just out of sight, or dispersed into tiny droplets through the use of the detergent Corexit® (more aptly known by environmentalists as “hides it,” because that’s exactly what it does).

    Since British Petroleum capped the well on July 17th, the FDA has given the green light for consumers to go ahead and eat gulf seafood, claiming that it is safe. However, some fishermen are questioning the FDA’s judgment and guidelines in determining seafood safety.

    “If I put fish in a barrel of water and poured oil and Dove detergent over that, and mixed it up, would you eat that fish?” asked Rusty Graybill, an oysterman and shrimp and crab fisherman from Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish. “I wouldn’t feed it to you or my family. I’m afraid someone’s going to get sick.” (Courtesy Associated Press)

    FDA tests regarding the safety of gulf seafood seem rather general. According to that department, if it looks bad or smells bad, then just don’t eat it. But many of the toxins in our environment can’t be seen or smelled. Take for example, the mercury found in Tuna and other large ocean water fish. We know that it can be found in their flesh, but we can’t detect it visually, or by smell. Even so, we know that ingesting these fish over a period of time can result in a host of health problems in humans, including kidney and nerve damage.

    I know that our government wants to aid the fishing industry to overcome the effects of this unmitigated disaster caused by BP, but at what cost…that of our own health? In my opinion, it is far too early in the game for anyone to declare that seafood caught in the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat.

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