DAY 2: FISH ON FRIDAY

07-03

Thank goodness it’s Friday! As a traditional food during Lent, fish is a healthy option. The production of fish creates a quarter as many carbon emissions as red meat.

Did you know that a kilogram of steak could be responsible for as many greenhouse gases as driving a car for three hours while leaving all the lights on at home! So, it is good for your family, and for the world! Make this a Lenten (and beyond!) habit: Fish on Friday.

Go the extra mile: Find out which fish are endangered… Tuna, for instance, is not a sustainable form of seafood. Greenpeace tells us why:

Globally tuna populations are in trouble. Every year there are more boats chasing fewer tuna as populations all around the world are declining. There simply aren’t enough fish to sustain the world’s voracious appetite for tuna. Rampant overfishing and pirates stealing tuna are making these once abundant, ocean giants harder and harder to find.

Read more here. And have a look at this video.

 

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2 thoughts on “DAY 2: FISH ON FRIDAY”

  1. I think it depends on production. A sustainable farm, particularly a restorative one requires cattle (or something similar) and one can absorb pigs, sheep, turkey, chickens/ducks into most mixed organic farms, as the farm, like God’s creation reveals in complexity. In fact without animal inputs (and it would be a waste of fish to use them for meal to truck to a land locked province) fertility of both perennials (like an orchard), grains (such as corn) and the market garden would be difficult if not impossible to maintain. So while factory or industrial red meat production might have a large carbon foot print I think it is misleading to suggest they all do (say the deer I hunt in the fall, have very little). Fish have other problems, a pretty large portion of what is fished is wasted and cast aside, so does this count that about only 1/3 of what is caught is part of the food chain, and fish farming, is, well a nightmare in many cases. Removing mangrove trees to have shrimp farms opens a coast to dreadful impacts from storms. I am not saying fish is a bad idea, just that I think this is probably a little simplistic to judge it that way.

    1. Hi Jerremie! Just going to copy our Facebook reply to your very helpful comment here for our blog readers to see too: Couldn’t agree more. This is the challenge with designing a guide/journey like this- you can really only fit the bare minimum into a post and it doesn’t sketch the whole, complex picture. Yes, it is over simplified. We are hoping that our readers will be inspired to do some further reading. Our blog has a link to Greenpeace’s campaign on sustainable tuna, but we could probably post a lot more information to highlight the topics you’ve mentioned. Could you suggest a few links that we might post? Please comment here or email greenanglicans@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your comment.

      Margie and the GA team

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