~ From BP To You, With Love

Don’t you just love presents?  Especially ones that keep on giving?

Well, here’s a big one from BP.  Given with LOVE, I’m sure.  And it’s a gift that will keep on giving for many years to come.

If you think you might just miss out on feeling all that BP love because you’re not a seafood eater or a fish oil taker, not to worry.  BP still has you covered.  And frankly you will be amazed at all the special ways BP can bring it’s Fish Oil Plus (Gulf Oil , Gas and Dispersant Enhanced) gifts to you — and much of the domestic animal kingdom.

With the help of NOAA, the datasheet for The production of fishmeal and fish oil from gulf menhaden and Texas Parks and Wildlife webpage on Texas Gulf of Mexico Menhaden Fishery I’ve compiled a handsome BP Fish Oil Plus (Gulf Oil, Gas and Dispersant Enhanced) gift list.

First you might like to know that the U.S. is the fifth largest producers of fish oil and fish meal with four fishmeal/fish oil processing plants for Gulf Menhaden (pictured below) located along the mid-northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico (one in Mississippi and four in Louisiana.)  The primary fishing ground for gulf menhaden is the north central Gulf of Mexico; which includes the coastal regions of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

Now for that gift list.  Menhaden is processed into fish meal and fish oil as a low-priced, high-protein supplement for use in:

  • aquaculture for the production of aquatic plants, “farmed” fin and shell fish, certified organic seafood production and fish/plant integrated systems.
  • feed for swine (usually about 10% of the diet of pigs is fish meal).  So you’ll be able to thank BP for all that special oil and dispersant enhanced bacon, ham, breakfast sausage, pork, ribs…
  • Gulf menhaden, Brevoortia patronus, collected ...

    Gulf menhaden - Image via Wikipedia

  • feed for poultry (usually about 10% of the diet of poultry is fish meal).  So again, thanks to BP you’ll be able to enjoy a very special gulf enhanced turkey dinner this Thanksgiving and Gulf enhanced fried chicken next Fourth of July.
  • feed for cattle and lactating dairy cows (kind of gives a new perspective on that nice juicy steak or tall glass of milk)
  • prepared foods for human consumption (direct for your digestive tract)
  • prepared foods for dog, cat, and other small animal consumption (what is good for us, must be good for them.)
  • the preparation of certain antibiotics for the pharmaceutical industry
  • the production of water-resistant paints and cosmetics

And no need to worry that somehow our government might step in and stop BP from sharing it’s splendid Fish Oil Plus (Gulf Oil Gas and Dispersant Enhanced) gifts.  Remember the FDA is strongly relying on the “sniff” test for oil, they still don’t have a test for the dispersant and they are completely ignoring the gas (It’s the only polite thing to do).

And best of all, the law of the land protects BP’s from government interference because sharing its chemical gifts is a company’s right (via Kate Sheppard’s BP’s Bad Breakup: How Toxic is Corexit at MotherJones):

…the Toxic Substances Control Act, the 34-year-old law that governs the use of tens of thousands of hazardous chemicals. Under the act, companies don’t have to prove that substances they release into the air or water are safe—or in most cases even reveal what’s in their products.

In the case of dispersants, companies must ask the EPA for permission to use specific products—but the only basis for approval is whether those products are effective at breaking up oil. Companies are required to test the short-term toxicity of the dispersant and the oil-dispersant mixture on shrimp and fish, but those results have no bearing on approval, and there’s no requirement to assess the long-term impact. In fact, it’s the EPA that must prove an “unreasonable risk” if it wants companies to disclose what is in the dispersant—hard to do when the agency, you know, doesn’t know what’s in it. [snip]

… Legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act—requiring mandatory ingredient disclosure and safety testing for some 84,000 chemicals whose risks have not been assessed anywhere—has been stalled in Congress for years.

So are you feeling all that BP love?

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