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  • Adele Peters

    I'm so curious about how this works. After they filter toxins, aren't the oysters unsafe to eat?

    • Sarah Hollis

      The narrator says at the end of the video that the oysters will not be sold for consumption. I think at least part of the reason that the great oyster reefs the used to be found all around Manhattan disappeared was because people viewed oysters only as food instead of a vital part of an ecosystem. Why should they be safe to eat? This isn't a farming project, but but rather a conservation/ecosystem/cleanup project.

      • Adele Peters

        Yes, definitely agree that they don't need to be eaten, though I did notice the oyster farmer mentioned in the comment below (perhaps he's dealing with a different kind of pollution, though, and it's safer). Regardless, though, I'm wondering how the oysters process what they're taking in. Even if people aren't eating them, the oysters get eaten by birds and crabs and other natural predators. Are the toxins really leaving the ecosystem?