Eating oysters? Really?

Sometimes I wonder if the people who rule us behind the curtain are testing us.

They must laugh at how stupid we humans really are.

We eat plants drowned in poisons, drink chlorinated water that is highly toxic – and eat seafood that thrives on sewage.

Yes. Oysters eat our crap for nutrition. Our waste is their bounty… check out this story from CNN:

The Billion Oyster Project has worked since 2014 to rebuild oyster reefs in the waters surrounding New York City. The creatures are natural purifiers: A single adult oyster can cleanse about 50 gallons of water per day. And their reefs can provide a habitat for other marine life and help protect New York’s shores against storm surge during rough weather.

Great. Use seafood to clean our streams and rivers. Count me in.

But then, people eat oysters and wonder why they often times get violently ill:

Norovirus is actually the most common cause of food-borne illness caused by the consumption of bivalve shellfish contaminated with human fecal matter. In fact, some recent research done in the United Kingdom found that almost 70 per cent of the raw oysters sold in the U.K. contain norovirus, although it is uncertain if all of the virus is actually infectious.

Oyster-associated norovirus outbreaks commonly result from contamination at the source in the growing waters. Oyster beds themselves can become contaminated due to land-based sewage outflow or sewage disposal from oyster harvesters.

Punchline: I do not eat oysters. Never have. Never will.