Fish is a low fat, high protein food that has a range of health benefits. However, given what we know of fish and its sources today, that’s not always true.
GR: Like beef, chicken and pork, farmed fish raised on an unnatural diet of grain is low in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and high in unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids. I don’t think this is worse than bacon, but farmed tilapia should be eaten rarely if at all.
There is more at stake here than human health. Animal farms concentrate animal wastes that pollute soils and nearby streams. In addition to nitrates, the wastes contain antibiotics and other drugs used to prevent disease and accelerate growth. As animal farms grow to keep supplying meat to the growing human population, the environmental impact becomes massive. So, skip the tilapia and other farmed animals. Get your protein from organically grown soybeans.
GR: This post describes other threats to coral reefs beside increasing acidification. The story includes an opportunity for citizen naturalists to help save Caribbean reefs.
By Jensi Sartin
“Beautiful Caribbean reefs have been a tourist attraction for decades, if not centuries. They teem with life, holding an amazing variety of fantastical fish and other sea creatures. But at the current rate, Caribbean reefs will be lost within 20 years. Worse, the damage is largely the result of our own actions.
“This dire news comes from the Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, an extensive report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The report explains that the direct threats from overfishing and land-based pollution are combining dramatically with the longer term effects of climate change to destroy a vital natural resource that lies just a short flight from the United States.
“IUCN used data from 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970, and showed that reefs have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s. Its stark conclusion should give us all pause and another last chance to reflect back on whether our strategies to save our reefs are still effective—or a priority.”
Read more and learn how you can take part.
We must all take responsibility for combating climate change.
GR: This will not happen. First, the few that profit from the industries causing the problems feel insulated and protected from the consequences. Second, the governments and political leaders hope the wealthy will give them enough of the wealth to achieve the same protection.