Monday, November 2, 2009

I've decided not to eat fish anymore

Its something I have always new about, I heard a story about it a few years ago and did some of my own research to solidify my suspicions. But the ocean really is being over fished. I know this seems impossible, but think about how much fish we eat. Nearly all fast food establishments have some sort of “fish”, grocery stores have freezers full of all kinds of fish, most restaurants have at least a few options, if not the entirety of the menu devoted to seafood.

Now I am not one of those crazy activists, nor do I agree with anything PETA would say, but the ocean is the largest ecosystem in the world and removing any part of that system is detrimental. I shouldn’t have to explain this, just think “circle of life”, if any part of that circle goes, the rest suffers. I am also not going to go into the details of how fishers catch fish, its a long process, but think basically as clear cutting a forest, it takes hundreds of years for that to grow back, the same is the same for some species of fish which can live to be over 100 years old.

I am a nature freak among other things, I love all things natural and I love the beach and ocean more than anyplace I have been in the world, so I couldn’t imagine that being negatively affected in anyway that I had help in doing.

I know there is probably many other things I do that hurt the environment, in fact I know there are, but I am trying to slowly “go green”, and I am trying to go green for real and not as this pseudo-fad it has become in the past few years.

Now I don’t eat fish that often as it is, but I eat it enough, and I love it, so it is a loss, but in the end, it helps. I will eat seafood at the more mom and pop type places out by my beaches, that I know they get their products from the local fishers and local water. These small time fishers are not the problem, its the commercial fishers that are doing the damage.

I am not a vegetarian, nor am I the biggest meat eater, I do enjoy my chicken and a cheeseburger here and there, but as of late I have been thinking about how these foods come into being. Being that I do care for animals and the environment, I do realize most of these animals are mistreated in their way to becoming my food, something I use to be able to over look. Now I feel the need to address this in my life and I am trying to eat meat that comes from “organic” and well treated animals. Because I don’t think I can ever feel bad about eating an animal, not because I fully believe God placed them here for us, but humans have always survived off animals, and every other food chain consists of carnivorous tendencies, so it is only natural in a way. You could say humans have evolved past that, but I can argue that in depth, but that is another topic for another post.

And that is my rant of the day

1 comment:

Ryan said...

I commend your efforts. I think if more people, including myself, were as serious about the environmental issues facing our planet then we would be living in a much better world. Good luck on your quest to remove fish, as I already do not like it much, I will join you and quit as well!

Lots of love,