Overfishing

Ok. So for dinner tonight I visited my good friend’s blog: http://wholewheatorbust.wordpress.com/

It is written by a girl who is highly knowledgeable about healthy food and nutrition. I totally recommend it!

Anyways, I was looking for something to eat for dinner and I visited her blog and decided to make the homemade sushi recipe that she has on her site.

Let me just tell you: It was DELICIOUS.

I don’t have a photo, because I put a little too much of everything and although I rolled it up well, it kind of exploded once I went to cut it.

Further, although it was super healthy, it was also very “green”.

A huge issue I have with being a pescetarian is that I am always worrying about the overfishing problem that is occurring. I am always looking at:

Overfishing.org and The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch List

Overfishing.org tells you all about why overfishing is a problem and what you can do to help. The Monterey Bay Aquarium site tells you which fish are sustainable at the time. They’re both super informative!

For the sushi, I got my salmon from Whole Foods and after asking them some questions about the “farm-raised” label I chose to buy an Atlantic farm-raised sushi-grade salmon. (DEFINITELY make sure to buy sushi-grade salmon. You can’t eat just any fish raw).

Two reasons that this was a good choice:

1) Salmon is a sustainable fish according to the Monterey Bay site. This means that it reproduces at a faster rate than we can consume it.

2) I bought a farm-raised variety. Farm-raised is HIGHLY controversial. Therefore, always ask to make sure that the fish is farm-raised in circulation systems. These continuously circulate fresh water removing a lot of the need for antibiotics to be placed in the tanks. The antibiotics used in farm fishing can get into human systems (the affects are still unknown). These tanks also provide an on-land alternative to normal farm fishing. This is very important because when fish are farmed in the ocean or in other aquatic environments, the farm fish may escape and breed with native fish. Since farm fish are raised to eat, they are not compatible with the outside environment and if they mate with native fish, the babies will be incompatible with the environment and will take food and shelter from the native fish. I AM NOT advocating eating farm-raised fish all of the time. I believe that it is a highly controversial issue for a reason and that you must be very cautious eating farm-raised. I do, however, think that if you mix farm-raised and wild fish in your diet, and you ask questions about where the farm-raised fish come from, it can be more environmentally sustainable than eating solely wild fish.

Further, I purchased the avocado, carrot, and cucumber from my local food co-op. They sell locally grown organic produce. If you do not have a food co-op near you, you can find the same organic local produce at a farmers market near you.

A couple of reasons that this is the better choice than going to a chain grocery store:

1) Organic foods are grown without exposure to herbicides and pesticides. This is safer for your own health as well as the health of the environment. Herbicides and pesticides can be washed into local water sources (i.e. rivers, lakes) or can sink into ground water. This is highly dangerous for the environment because herbicides and pesticides can contaminate drinking water and be deathly to the aquatic population.

2) Organic foods use organic fertilizers. Since these are already found in the environment they do not have as negative as inorganic fertilizers. Inorganic fertilizers can also wash into water sources. This increases algae growths which, in turn, suffocates other aquatic organisms.

3) When you buy local food, it has not been shipped around the world via oil. Local produce leaves less of a carbon footprint.

Lessons to take from my sushi experience:

  • Buy local
  • Buy organic
  • Check out what fish are sustainable right now. The Monterey Bay Aquarium site even tells you which fish are best to buy in your area.
  • If you buy farm-raised fish ASK QUESTIONS! It can help the environment (if it is an on-land farm fishery) but make sure that it’s not at the expense of your health.

“I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.  Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.  Otherwise what is there to defend?” -Robert Redford

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6 responses to “Overfishing

  1. girlfriennnn this is awesome! I had no idea that ANY farm raised fish were okay to eat! I thought they were all swimming around in their own feces and antibiotics! How cool.
    I am so excited to follow your blog. I will teach you how to make a link so you dont have to copy and paste the whole thing into your post every time! (Write a word that you want to be a link, highlight it, and then where there are all those buttons, click on the one that looks like a chain link)

  2. Mary Lauwereins

    I love this website and can’t wait to try all your recipes.

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  5. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable knowledge on
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