According to various news outlets including Huffington post, The guardian, The Telegraph and Tech times, ecologists and economists calculated that the loss of biodiversity will curb the oceans ability to sustain the population which is expected to rise by over 50 percent by 2050. Billions of fish being killed worldwide for food every year has resulted in the extinction of 500 species and many more species of marine life are heading closer to this fait now as well.
Over fishing has resulted in abolishing the stability of marine environments causing a dramatic reduction in the ocean’s ability to produce seafood. On top of that, the increase of diseases, filter pollutants and rebound from stresses such as climate change are having a devastating effect on sea life, not to mention the other sea animals which include tea turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks and other sea birds caught unintentionally by the fishing industry which, after being killed, are thrown back into the ocean. And as if this is not heartbreaking or frustrating enough, according to the Telegraph, One-third of fish caught in the world are fed to animals such as pigs, chickens and other farm raised animals. 31.5 million tones of all fish are taken from the world’s oceans each year and turned into fish oil or feed and used as agriculture or feed for other animals. If the demand for meat goes down then it would not only decrease the animal slaughtering of the farming industry but also contribute dramatically to saving the oceans. It is entirely consumers demands and consumption of seafood that has played the most fundamental role in the depletion and polluted soils, seas and fresh water supplies and it is only us that can reverse the detrimental damage to marine life by limiting or halting our demands for animal products entirely .
But it’s not the disruption of sea life and our eco system only that should be a cause for concern. Due to an excessive amount of environmental pollution that will only increase over the coming years, Many wild-caught fish suffer from a certain degree of contamination. Farmed fish are exposed to those very pollutants alongside pesticides and antibiotics. Toxic elements and metal contamination in seafood such as mercury, cadmium, lead, tin and arsenic have all been traced in fresh, canned, frozen fish and shellfish products alongside copper sulfate which is frequently used in fish farming with nets to keep them free from algae. Over the past 20 years, the ocean’s mercury levels have rise about 30% which means people are exposed to mercury from consuming fish or seafood. Many un-purified fish oil supplements contain unsafe levels of environmental contaminants.
Most of us are under the impression that we need to consume fish since it is a source of omega 3 & 6, however, these omega fatty acids are only present in fish due to the algae they consume, found in equal quantities via plant based sources devoid of the saturated fats , heavy metals and possible mercury. Algae, Sea Buckthorn berries, Lind-seeds, Flax seeds Hemp seeds, Chia seeds and Echium are all excellent source of these essential fatty acids which can be obtained easily through adding to salads and smoothies on a daily basis. Brands such as Viridian and Udo’s choice do a selection of vegan oils that are sufficiently high in all the essential omega fatty acids.
About the author
Jwaydan Moyine is a classically trained Film Composer, Pianist, Cellist, Singer/Songwriter, and a Writer and Entrepreneur. She founded Earth Children to bring awareness to matters regarding the Environment, Animal welfare, Sustainable & Conscious living, Wellness & Humanitarian issues. She is heavily involved with activism for animal welfare in the UK and Egypt and child welfare in Syria, Thailand and Romania. She resides in Berkshire Running an organic food farm, an organic skincare company, Writing and bringing awareness to matters regarding the Planet, Plant based nutrition, Cruelty free living & the necessity of adapting to Veganism for the sake of Sustainability, Animal welfare and our Health. She has several qualifications in nutritional therapy, culinary medicine & holistic healing. You can find out more on what she is doing over at the Earth Children Facebook Page!
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