Shark cartilage pills have no known health benefits and research has shown that they could in fact be harmful to humans. Still, cartilage supplements are sold in health stores across the United States. But now, Fusion’s investigation into the shark cartilage industry has discovered troubling DNA evidence about the contents of these so-called health supplements, leading several health stores to finally remove the product from their shelves.

Nicolás Ibargüen is an environmentalist and director of the Planet Initiative of the Americas Business Council Foundation, an organization that supports innovative social and environmental impact projects.

He is the environmental Correspondent for Fusion and Univision.

Nicolás organizes expeditions and events with world leaders to raise awareness about our relationship with the planet. He produced the award-winning documentary “Amazon Gold” and he is a board member of NRDC’s Voces Verdes and the Humane Society International. He was the Editor and Publisher of Poder Magazine.

Lara is a digital producer specializing in investigative environmental documentaries both domestic and abroad. She is also interested in in-depth political, cultural, human interest and justice stories.


Lucas Isakowitz is a contributing author for Fusion’s Project Earth vertical.