Loaves and wishes
If I had my druthers, I would exist on nothing but bread and chocolate. But, because I try to keep my weight in check and teeth in my mouth, I have forced myself to give up both.
Yesterday, I heard about a plan to solve two problems at once: help feed the globe, as its population burgeons past the current 7 billion mark, and mitigate a warming planet by healing the oceans.
Now, I am not a fan of advocating the eating of fish. However, it is the long time staple of the macrobiotic diet that is far better than the junk-food laden fare that most Americans eat right now, causing a steep climb in obesity, not only among adults who should know better and be more disciplined, but sadly among children and even domesticated pets.
Chris Hayes had Andy Sharpless on his show this week. According to Amazon:
Andy Sharpless is the CEO of Oceana, the world’s largest international organization dedicated to ocean conservation. Previously he began Discovery.com and helped launch RealNetworks.
He has a new plan. We should all eat a certain type of fish, wild, small and local. Doing so would take the burden off agriculture based on current animal consumption (cows, pigs, chickens and sheep, mostly) that takes up value real estate, devours grains that could feed the hungry and turns them into a small, expensive amount of meat, and produces greenhouse exacerbating methane, to boot. None of that would be the case if we ate, let’s say, sardines or even codfish, as they do in Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.
It would also reduce inadvertent and resource depleting ‘bycatch’, as happens in shrimp fishing. Shrimp is the only scavenger Sharpless recommends against. The rest are essentially filter feeders that clean the ocean as they eat. One example would be tilapia that can be raised even in fetid freshwater pools and have been farmed in places like Togo that have a severe food insecurity problem.
As you already know, I am an advocate of shunning animals products whenever possible.
For those who do not want to give up animal protein, this is a good alternative.
I will let Dr. Sharpless explain it himself, but I am getting his book to become more informed about this exciting possibility. Transitioning away from large animals, artificially raised, to small, wild, local fish that will flourish under the proper conservation measures and feed the world safely and sustainably from our abundant oceans is a brilliant interim solution that I support.
If I had my way, no child would ever go to bed hungry anywhere on earth, ever again.