Study reveals fish contain 283 times more parasites than 40 years ago

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Study reveals fish contain 283 times more parasites than 40 years ago

10 April 2020
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The New Scientist has published alarming data stating that fish are infected with nearly 300 times more parasitic worms than in the 1980’s. Here we discuss the many alternatives to consuming conventional seafood, for our health and for the sake of the planet.

The study was carried out by Chelsea Wood at the University of Washington in Seattle and her colleagues who analysed 56,778 fish across 215 species for Anisakis, or herring worm, between 1978 and 2015. According to the study, humans can contract these parasites by consuming infected fish that is raw, smoked or improperly frozen.

Aside from the danger to humans involved in consuming fish, societies must now seriously address the effects of fishing on the planet, with overfishing and temperature rises leading to serious consequences to the climate. By disrupting animal agriculture industries with plant-based and cell-based alternatives, perhaps it can be possible to reverse some of the damage done.