Human Health


Due to the crowded and confined conditions in which intensively farmed animals are raised, their immune systems are poorly developed, making them particularly susceptible to disease.

To mitigate the risk of disease, these animals receive large doses of antibiotics, often prophylactically. An estimated 80% of the antibiotics sold in the US are for animal use; 70% of these are considered ‘medically important’ for humans.

Source: FDA – Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food Producing Animals



Fish can contain significant levels of methylmercury, a toxic heavy metal compound, due to the process of bioaccumulation. For the larger fish species, close to the top of the food chain, these levels can reach up to 10 million times higher than the levels found in seawater.

Cod 0.09
Mussels 0.03
Salmon 0.06
Squid 0.04
Haddock 0.16
Atlantic Mackerel 0.05
Lobster 0.15
Skipjack Tuna 0.19
Bluefin Tuna 0.63
Swordfish 0.89
Spanish Mackerel 0.44

Source: Karimi R, Fitzgerald TP and Fisher NS (2012)

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