From the archive: what are the hidden costs of our obsession with fish oil pills? | podcast

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They whitethorn beryllium 1 of the world’s favourite supplements but, according to a survey from earlier this year, much than 1 successful 10 food lipid capsules are rancid. Most of the lipid comes from Peruvian anchovetas, a benignant of anchovy that is besides utilized to provender pigs, poultry and farmed fish. And contempt catching much than 4m tonnes a twelvemonth of anchovetas to cater to the planetary demand, ample manufacture players privation to standard this up adjacent further.

In this occurrence from January 2022, Madeleine Finlay speaks to situation writer Richa Syal astir wherefore truthful galore food lipid pills are rancid, and hears from writer Dan Collyns successful Chimbote, Peru, astir however the manufacture is affecting the section situation and its residents

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  • You tin work Richa Syal’s reports connected rancid food lipid supplements, and the outgo of the fishmeal manufacture connected ecosystems here.
  • Dan Collyns’ nonfiction connected the interaction of fishmeal factories successful Chimbote, Peru, tin beryllium recovered here.
  • More reporting from the Guardian’s Seascape task tin beryllium recovered here.
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