...global warming/climate change will. Scientists have long term predictions that as the globe continues to warm over the next 4-6 decades that states like California for instance general temperature and climate could become the fate of Las Vegas or Phoenix and become desert wastelands. Less fertile ground for the growth of corn, wheat, rice will force governments to change their strategies and stop using these foods for animal feed/fuel and used mostly for human consumption. Also desert like climates make it impossible to raise livestock. We already seeing this in the US and meat prices are expected to rise due supply and demand for this Memorial Day weekend. We are seeing water droughts throughout the US which are even closing down meat packing factories because the lands are no longer sustainable for farming or livestock. We could get our wish and we could see this as elderly people but there is the other downside. The cost of fruits and vegs could skyrocket in price so much that it will no longer be affordable to the common person. We could end up relying on local grains and processed foods or personal gardens to maintain our vegan lifestyles. Meat could just become a luxury for the rich but unfortunately quality fruits and vegs may share similar fates. Another possible occurrence is the ocean could end up becoming our only food source of the future which is scary considering how polluted that our oceans already are now. Do you own research on climate change and see how realistic this theory may be.
Great thoughts, thanks for sharing. I agree that environmental reasons will be the most likely reason people go plant-based. Our oceans are already in dire straits.
Have you read "Comfortably Unaware" by Dr. Richard Oppenlander? He is amazing, and this book he wrote details how livestock production and seafood harvesting is the leading contributor to global warming, deforestation, desertification, and loss of biodiversity. Intense stuff.
I will for sure look into his work. Thank you.
Currently reading EATING ANIMALS, it's a great book! This caught my attention...paraphrasing: "for every pound of shrimp caught, 26 pounds of "by catch" (non-target animals) are caught and drowned, many endangered and rare animals among them". Mentally set that next to your plate of death shrimp, 26 plates of other species, can you stomach that?
I recently saw some can of tuna fish that stated that it was non kill dolphin product. How reliable are those labels or just a marketing ploy?
They are not reliable from what I read. For tuna eaters I'd give 'em this list: http://www.peta.org/living/food/top-10-reasons-eat-tuna/
Do you still eat tuna because you think it’s good for you? In fact, the latest scientific research shows that eating tuna is hazardous to your health. Here are the top 10 reasons to let tuna off the hook.
1. Brain Rot!
Tuna fish accumulate toxic mercury in their flesh as a result of industrial pollution, and the side effects of mercury poisoning include finger curling, cognitive impairment, and coordination problems. A California boy, who was the subject of a front-page Wall Street Journal article, went from being a star athlete and honor student to being unable to concentrate or catch a football because he ate canned tuna. Even if he had eaten only half a can of albacore tuna a week, he still would have consumed 60 percent more mercury than is considered “safe” by the U.S. government.
2. Tremendous Tuna
The largest tuna are bluefin tuna, who can reach 15 feet in length and weigh more than 1,500 pounds. Even “small” tuna species, such as yellowfin and albacore, can grow to be 6.5 feet long and weigh hundreds of pounds. Tuna aren’t exactly couch potatoes—they can swim more than 100 miles in a day—with a top speed of 40 miles per hour.
3. Heart Attack on a Hook
Eating fish is not healthy for your heart! Heavy metals are concentrated in tuna because of the contaminated fish they eat. Tuna flesh is loaded with heavy metals that attack the heart muscle, so the toxicity outweighs any possible health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. According to a recent study published in the American Heart Association’s journal, men with the highest levels of mercury increased their risk for heart disease by 60 percent and their risk of dying of a heart attack by 70 percent. Do your heart a favor—put down the fish fork and pick up a safer source of omega-3s, such as walnuts and flaxseeds.
4. Would You Eat Your Dog?
How about a fish who’s as smart as a dog? Dr. Theresa Burt de Perera, an Oxford University scientist, recently published research showing that fish learn faster than dogs. And University of Edinburgh biologist Culum Brown says, “In many areas, such as memory, their cognitive powers match or exceed those of ‘higher’ vertebrates, including non-human primates.”
5. Sorry, Charlie
Unlike a certain cartoon tuna, fish aren’t begging to be caught. Tuna are chased until they move into a tight group, and then a net is lowered around them. They are dragged against rocks and debris, and some fish suffocate from the sheer weight of other fish pressing against them. Large tuna are impaled on longlines—which are miles of barbed hooks that are left in the ocean for days at a time.
6. Death, Sopranos-Style
Think “swimming with the fishes” in reverse. “Hit men” dump smaller tuna onto ice, where they slowly freeze to death or are crushed when thousands of their schoolmates are piled on top of them. Tuna caught on longlines are beaten until they become unconscious before they are thrown into the freezer—and that’s if they haven’t already bled to death while struggling to free themselves!
7. Factory Fish Bowls
Because fishing trawlers are increasingly emptying the seas of more and more of their inhabitants, fish are now being raised on “farms.” Small tuna are captured and dumped into netted pens. They are fattened on pellets of concentrated fish flesh and killed when they get big enough—if they don’t die first from the parasites and diseases that thrive in extremely crowded conditions.
8. Sickening Sashimi
Stay away from the sushi buffet if you don’t want to spend the next day at the porcelain palace. Seafood is the number one cause of food poisoning in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 75 million cases of foodborne illness every year, including hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths.
9. Dolphin-Unsafe Tuna
Tuna is about as “dolphin-friendly” as a boat propeller. Even if dolphins aren’t “accidentally” trapped in tuna nets, they are still killed intentionally by Japanese tuna anglers because they prey on tuna. Entire pods of whales and dolphins are rounded up and driven into shallow water where all but the youngest (who are captured and sold to aquariums) are slaughtered with knives and machetes.
10. Tuna-Safe Tuna
Vegetarian tuna, available from Veggie World is a double-take fake tuna that is perfect for sandwiches, casseroles, and “fish” cakes. It is packed with protein and has an uncanny “tuna” flavor and texture, but it’s free of mercury, harmful bacteria, and suffering.
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Also the Pacific Blue Fin Tuna (most popular fish for sushi) who are supposed to be one of the most prolific fish in the sea were scheduled for extinction in 2012. They are still catching some but none that are old enough to reproduce, see this excellent video on fish:
that's why I stopped eating seaweed ...it's funny because I hadn't had seaweed in until a couple years ago, and my boyfriend said it was kind of odd for us to be eating seaweed, so we never had it again but a couple of times.
Interestingly enough, global warming increases length of growing season where farming now occurs, allowing for larger yields, and if it increases, it will open up new areas to farming (that are currently too cold/marginal). Currently I believe it's a mute point as there has been no average global temp increse in 15 years.
Currently I believe it's a mute point as there has been no average global temp increse in 15 years.
are you serious stating this? Please look at the following website that has charts showing temp increases over the decades:
Seven of the top 10 warmest years on record for the contiguous 48 states have occurred since 1998, and 2012 was the warmest year on record.
City temps may be warmer, because asphault and concrete...cities produce heat and absorb heat (buildings and streets and concrete don't like to let heat go, they store it). Outside the cities and in undeveloped countries I don't think we have had anything to be alarmed at. America actually just had it's coldest winter in decades.
I learned in my History course that record high temps and droughts were actually in the dust bowl years for America (part of the reason for the Great Depression). That was when hardly anyone had automobiles and we didn't have cities as large as now.
The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.
The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.
Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.
Please read Sarah, you are being misinformed and what state do you live in if you care to share? The research group that is part of that link that you posted was involved in a huge scandal.