In a 6-13-2011 New York Times editorial, I thought they did a great job of explaining the sheer unsustainability of our dependance on fish as one of our primary sources of food. As they pointed out, many countries are now in the global fishing business with high quotas and modern equipment — and, as a result, we are now running out of fish.
A 2003 study by the Fisheries Center at the University of British Columbia shows the plunge in predatory fish over the last century. A map of the Atlantic in 1900, based on that data, is filled with colored splotches showing concentrations of fish. In 2000, the map is nearly empty.
In the past twenty years or so, millions of people around the globe have cut back on their consumption of red meat, but have simply replaced that “protein” on their plate with fish — a food that the vast majority of the western population believes is a truly healthy food. They also truly believe that we “need” to eat plenty of animal protein in order to be healthy.
Following my speech yesterday at the Graduate Club next to Yale University — and after hearing my comments about the natural diet for our species being whole plants, a gentleman came up to me and asked, “But fish is okay, right?” I didn’t have the time to give him the complete answer, which would have been the following summary of how I feel about our love affair with fish:
- Fish is not a whole plant and is not part of the natural diet for our species. If we were designed to eat fish, we’d be out there swimming around with them — and the bigger ones would be eating us.
- Fish were not put in the ocean by the creator to serve as a food source for humans; there were millions of fish in the ocean long before there were any humans on this planet.
- Fish are a key part of the delicate balance of harmony and biodiversity of this planet; by wiping out the predator fish population around the world, we have disrupted nature and have no idea how much damage we have done.
- Farmed fishing is no better; not only is it an environmental disaster, but the entire process is grossly inefficient and unsustainable.
- The animal protein in fish is just as harmful to humans as the protein in pigs and cows; it promotes cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases.
- The only good news about fish is that it contains omega 3’s; of course we can get that from flaxseeds or walnuts without the heavy dose of cholesterol and pollutants that come along with the fish.
- We’re running out of fish with less than 2 billion of our 7 billion people eating them; just imagine how much worse it will be when more of us give up our “red meat” and more of the third world adopts our grossly unsustainable way of eating.
- In the great 2009 movie HOME, they reported that humankind has inflicted more damage on the fragile harmony of nature in just the past fifty years than all previous generations of humans in the past 200,000 years. Wiping out the predator fish of our oceans is a huge part of that damage.
Do yourself, your family and your planet a favor and return to the natural diet for our species just as quickly as you possibly can. Don’t want to be a vegan? Then you might want to climb aboard our 4-Leaf train and let us help you find your way to vibrant health.
The good folks at the New York Times have done us a great service by pointing out what a mess we have made with regards to the fish in the sea.
Although they haven’t yet learned about the fact that we don’t “need” to eat any animal protein whatsoever, they have clearly pointed out the unsustainability of our current way of feeding ourselves. The editorial ended as follows:
So far, the sensible remedies — including lowering quotas, limiting seasons and retiring fleets — have gone nowhere. Choosing a sustainable fish for supper isn’t enough. Both commercial fishermen and the politicians that do their bidding must recognize that global overfishing by many nations now threatens the oceans and the economies that depend on them. And the only way to deal with that threat is with strong international rules to end all unsustainable fishing.
You may want to check out one of my earlier posts on this topic:
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