JEROEN VAN DER DRIFT
CAMERAMAN
Associate Member of the Netherlands
Society of Cinematographers (NSC)

‘THE DIOXINE EEL’
Director: Ton van der Ham
Production: Zembla

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Dutch eel from the country’s main rivers and the Biesbosch national park contain too many dioxins. Consequently, the fish exceeds the current European dioxin limit. Leading research institutions advise consumers to stop eating eel. High level exposure to dioxin can cause cancer and reproductive disorders. The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (LNV), which oversees fishing, has chosen to ignore the advice and place responsibility solely with the industry. Meanwhile, the fishers continue to catch and sell eel as the warnings appear to go unheeded. “Business is business”.