Thursday, January 19, 2006

Last weekend's episode of "Living on Earth" (distributed by NPR, available as a podcast on iTunes) discussed the levels of mercury in fish.

On guy, from the Center for Consumer Freedom, is disputing the studies that mercury in fish is a threat -- at all. One of his arguments is that the Japanese eat five to ten times more fish than Americans, and if there's any affect on cognitive development, we'd be able to notice it among that population. "Now I ask you," he asks, "are their kids woefully inadequate in math and science and cognitive abilites, or are their children out-performing ours in math and science?"*

He later added that, according to his research, mercury in fish actually increases childrens' abilities to play piano and violin!

*he actually did say this.


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