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India: Fish breeding often involves use of antibiotics, chemicals which harm human health and alter ecosystem by Maneka Gandhi February 13,2018   |  Source: First Post

I’ve heard many people suggest that fish is much healthier than red meat and chicken. Non-vegetarians are encouraged to make the move to fish and seafood. Some time ago I published a chart which showed that, calorie for calorie, fish was heavier than meat, and its fat content was higher. Also much higher are the pesticides, PCBs (the most carcinogenic of all chemicals) and human faeces content (as shown by the Indian Institute of Oceanography). Breeding fish for human consumption, or aquaculture, is a fast-growing industry around the world. In India, fish production has increased by 11-fold.We have become the second largest producer of fish in the world, after China. In 2015-16, an estimated 10.4 million tonne of fish was produced in our country, making up about 6.4 percent of the world’s total production.

India is the highest exporter of fish exports and our exports of fish and related products are increasing at over 14 percent annually, twice the pace of other countries.Fish farms, encouraged by the government‘s policy of Blue Revolution, are popping up in all parts of the country, breeding both freshwater and saltwater fish. As the oceans and rivers lose their fish, 40 percent of commercial fish now comes from aquaculture. How do these farms operate? There are no


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