Sierra Club : In Their Own Words

What They Tell You About:

Fish & Pregnancy


Pregnancy The Sierra Club would have you believe that youre really eating coal on whole wheat when you eat a tuna fish sandwich. And for expectant mothers who eat seafood, the Sierra Club is telling them that their "little bundle of joy is now a reservoir of mercury," and that their unborn baby is "going to be so full of joy, love, smiles and mercury."

Fish & Pregnancy

What They're Not Telling You

The Sierra Club is a member of a coalition that sued the Environmental Protection Agency to issue its mercury emission standards and enforce the Clean Air Act. They are not being truthful when they attribute trace amounts of mercury in commercially fished seafood like skipjack, yellowfin and albacore tuna to mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.


The 2010 Dietary Guidelines (DGA), published by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, advise pregnant and breastfeeding women to eat at least 8 and up to 12 ounces 2-3 servings of seafood per week and consume a variety of cooked seafood. The guidelines are clear that, benefits of consuming seafood including canned tuna far outweigh the risks, especially for pregnant women. Peer reviewed research supports that eating fish lowers the risk of depression among pregnant women and increases their babies IQ scores, brain and eye development.

The Tough Questions:
Why is the Sierra Club putting its political agenda ahead of the healthy development of babies brains the very group it says is trying to protect?