|Copyright Anita Stewart, 2010. Anclote Fishing Pier, Tarpon Springs, FL|
Without touching our shores, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has infringed on all of our lives. It has impacted our tourism, dampened our aquaculture industry, and threatened the wellbeing of our precious ecosystems.
Over the last few weeks, I have met with many members of the aquaculture industry in our District: representatives from the National Fish & Wildlife Service up in Citrus County, shrimpers in Hernando County, and several small business owners from areas in between. I have seen firsthand that, at this point, our waters are clean and our seafood is safe.
It is of the utmost importance that we work together to protect our natural resources. As a community we need to support our local industry and we should expect the same from our federal government and BP. Included in this mailer are a number of available resources designed to help you and your neighbors as we all work to persevere through this trying time. As always, my staff and I are here to offer assistance in any way that we can. Please do not hesitate to call my Brooksville office at 352-799-8354, or toll free, 1-866-GWAITE-5.
Member of Congress
From Anita Stewart, Candidate for Hillsborough County Soil and Water, Seat 5
Congresswoman Brown-Waite is misinformed...there are no known tests for the presence of Corexit in food...there is a marker for water testing, but to process that panel makes the tests more expensive...so if there are tests being done, the testing does not include the presence of dispersant neurotoxins.
Our leaders are deliberately passing disinformation to the detriment of the people who will eventually suffer if they are exposed to these toxins through water, food or air. And with no thought of the flora and fauna that are affected now or have already died. Everyone and everything appears to be expendable as long as someone's bottom line is being satisfied.
There are many people very sick in the Gulf from exposure and some that could financially afford it have moved away from the area. The mainstream media will not cover this.
Again, this has everything to do with the bottom line, the tourism, the fishing industries and any other local business or industry that is tied in with the two of those main ones.
These are desperate measures in a combined attempt to reassure the masses that everything is OK, with one motive! So the people who are having this crime committed against them, will continue to spend their money to keep these businesses afloat with no thought to the safety of their food, water or short or long-term health.
We are not the United States of America anymore. We are the United States of Corporations!