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  • It's important to separate problems out. Some problems are because of scale, and others because of poor practice that are scale independent.

    Many composite food stuffs, e.g. ready made meals are disasters waiting to happen, it's too costly and too complex to avoid problems. One bad batch of leftovers may make just you sick, but when you are feeding a few hundred thousand people per batch, one bad batch is a lot of sick people!

    Intensive farming and industry have and continue to pump millions of tonnes of natural and synethic materials into the environment. It's therefore not surprising that farmed fish are full of undesirable compunds, if the lakes and rivers they live in are full of industrial and argricultral run-off.

    Add to that the fact that most western countries subsidise their farming industries and erect artifical import barriers to protect their industries, resulting in a very distorted food supply. The food producers and processors are a very powerful lobby group, don't expect them to act in your best interests.

    Organic food is often better, not because it's organic, but because it's been produced in smaller quanities, with more care and less chemical effort, you just have to eat less of it, or pay more for it. Support your local smaller producer, your local retailer and avoid the international conglomerates, and you will be better.

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."