Chinese Fish Drowning in Antibiotics

30 April, 2011 at 08:29 | Posted in Body & Mind, China, Environmental issues, Food | Leave a comment
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By Jing Jin
Epoch Times Staff

The reservoir at the back of the home of Mr. Zhang, a Guizhou Province resident, “used to be so clear that we could see the bottom,” he told The Epoch Times in an interview. It was the source of drinking water for the whole village.

But when the reservoir was contracted out to fish farmers they almost turned it into a toxic waste dump. Because they want to maximize profits by breeding far more fish than the natural environment could support, Mr. Zhang said, they were liberal in use of urea, animal manure, and antibiotics, with no regard for how things would turn out down the line.

And scenarios like that happen across the country, according to recent articles in the Chinese media and anecdotes collected by The Epoch Times.

“To increase the fish yield, our boss told us to put a large amount of fertilizer into the lake every week,” says Mr. Long, who works for a fish farmer in Chengdu City. “The clear water soon became green, which is a result of the over production of algae and plankton.”

As well as fertilizer, Long said that using large amounts of antibiotics in animal breeding is a common practice in China, especially in fish farming. It saves the boss money but it makes fish sick.

China is the world’s largest producer and exporter of antibiotics. “The production is far more than 200,000 tons, which is an outdated record. The production of antibiotics in China is growing rapidly. I’m afraid the annual production is 400,000 tons now,” Ying Xitang, CEO of Beijing Kemei East Asia Biotechnology, said to Modern Life Daily.

Professor Xiao Yonghong, director of Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring Network, feels that while another dangerous additive used in China, clenbuterol, only harms a small group of people, abusing antibiotics can have a global impact.

Read more: Chinese Fish Drowning in Antibiotics | China | Epoch Times

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