Do you know which are the fishes we’re overeating?

Do you know which are the fishes we’re overeating?

I’ve mentioned in one of my previous articles my special interest in the videos made by TED. Because they bring interesting and diversified themes to the comfort of your home, as well as incredible ideas that can change the way we perceive our world. So, today I bring you a new insight related to a lecture I’ve attended!

My interest and concern with sustainability are also not a surprise here. The more I think about it, the more illogical the way we’ve been getting accustomed to and ignoring the problems around us seems to me, committing little time to come up with practical solutions which would help save our planet. A result of this scenario is reflected in the words of the investigator Paul Greenberg, in his lecture “The four fish we’re overeating – and what to eat instead”. According to him, we actually overeat some fish species such as salmon, tuna, shrimp and cod. And what’s most impressive is that these four species can be found in practically every market in any country, which means that the consumption is really on a global scale.

One need only think about Christmas time and New Year, and the typical tasty cod we Portuguese love to have at our tables. But if every single family follows that tradition, how many kilos of cod are being consumed in Portugal alone? Is it kilos or tons?

According to Paul Greenberg, one of the reasons for not thinking carefully about these species is the fact that we do not associate these fishes to the same sensibility and interest we dedicate to mammals or other “more beautiful” species. But the problem is there, and oceans are having a brutal reduction in their biodiversity.

I strongly believe in the idea of responsibility – whether it is social responsibility or environmental responsibility –, and how it is necessary that each one of us genuinely gives something to our world, without expecting anything back in return. Maybe it’s time we begin adopting a different lifestyle, one that doesn’t compromise our ocean’s future. I’m not asking for us to radically change our ways overnight, but with so many alternatives nowadays, changing is indeed a possible and essential step in our lives!


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