Mercy Mercy Me

In 1971, Marvin Gaye wrote these lyrics:

Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain’t what they used to be
No, no
Where did all the blue sky go?
Poison is the wind that blows
From the north, east, south, and sea
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain’t what they used to be
No, no
Oil wasted on the oceans and upon our seas
Fish full of mercury
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain’t what they used to be
No, no
Radiation in the ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain’t what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land?
How much more abuse from man can you stand?
My sweet Lord
My sweet Lord
My sweet Lord 

What was cause for concern and sorrow four decades ago is cause for sheer heartbreak and horror now. Yesterday I read an article on Yahoo, intended to be purely informational, detailing what seafood you shouldn’t eat: Tuna, farmed salmon, imported crab and shrimp, Atlantic flounder, sole and halibut … pretty much most everything you find in the average grocery store and restaurant. Farmed salmon “are crammed into pens, which leads to the growth of diseases and parasites that require antibiotics and pesticides … [and] fed pellets that contain pink dye.” Other fish are also not only in danger of extinction from overfishing (and other man-made catastrophes) but contain high levels of mercury, BPA and other toxic chemicals.

Today on Aljazeera I read this article entitled “World’s oceans in peril.” From oil spills to overfishing to climate change to the great floating garbage patches … it is just an overwhelming tragedy. Not only are we at the point where it is a serious challenge to find healthy seafood that won’t poison us, but we are wiping out the ocean’s creatures and the beautiful blue world itself.

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