Incompetence We Trust
March 10, 2008 Leave a comment
The Associated Press is on fire this week, releasing several reports on American food safety and water quality that highlight horrific, decades-long failures of the EPA, FDA and the Agriculture Department to protect public health and safety.
We’ve learned this past week that the light in the fridge has been broken for some time, it’s just been hard to tell with the food glowing in the dark. We’ve also learned that in order to calm down about that alarming discovery, we should simply drink a nice glass of tap water, because there are plenty of pharmaceutical goodies in there that could help.
Today, in the second of a three-part series, the Associated Press is looking at “Mutated Fish Swimming In Tainted Water,” hooray.
It’s going to take a lot of tap water to take the edge off the twit’s keen anticipation for the third installment in this series…
From the Associated Press via MSNBC on March 10, 2008:
Pharmaceuticals in the water are being blamed for severe reproductive problems in many types of fish: The endangered razorback sucker and male fathead minnow have been found with lower sperm counts and damaged sperm; some walleyes and male carp have become what are called feminized fish, producing egg yolk proteins typically made only by females.
Meanwhile, female fish have developed male genital organs. Also, there are skewed sex ratios in some aquatic populations, and sexually abnormal bass that produce cells for both sperm and eggs.
There are problems with other wildlife as well: kidney failure in vultures, impaired reproduction in mussels, inhibited growth in algae.
“We have no reason to think that this is a unique situation,” says Erik Orsak, an environmental contaminants specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, pulling off rubber gloves splattered with fish blood at Lake Mead. “We find pretty much anywhere we look, these compounds are ubiquitous.”