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A Fishy Tale

Besides the great nutrition you recieve from a plant-based diet, there are other great reasons to become vegan!  Today I am going to zone in specifically on how being vegan is not only great for fish- but great for the environment.  

Fish are now all the rage, not only do they have lower saturated fats than poultry and red meat, but also they have everyones favorite essential fats- omega 3.  Nations that live the longest, found in blue zones, tend to have fish in their diets, and fish can deliver a bunch of different textures and flavors.

Unfortunately, fish are not the vision of perfect health.  With the industrial dumping of chemicals into the ocean, many fish have taken up mercury and plastics, such as BPA.  Additionally, some muscular fish, like tuna, can actually carry more cholesterol than their land-based counterparts.  Even the healthy omega 3 fats are not there anymore in the farm fish that are now being fed pellets of processed soy and corn.  So from a nutritional point, you can definitely do better than fish.

Most people just will not give their fish up though!  In fact, with sushi becoming more popular and fish consumption on the rise, people are eating more and more fish.  Combined with our technology today, we are scraping the ocean bare.  Looking at a few examples from Paul Greenberg's book Four Fish we have cut out the salmon population from everywhere except the Yukon river.  Bass is being farm raised since the Meditterranean has been nearly drained of them.  Cape Cod should just be called Cape with the overfishing there that have depleted the cod populations there.  And lastly, the bluefin tuna in the oceans have become so rare that fishermen are lucky to catch one of these magestic fish a week!

Fish, unlike plants or land animals, are not easy to track.  If we ran out of sheep it would be easy to set up a pen and raise more, but in the ocean you cannot count how many tuna, or salmon, or bass are left.  Even if you could, adding more by farming fish destroys the years of natural selection that made these fish need to be lean to swim and reproduce, instead of growing fatter to feed more people.  

This has happened in the past before with whale, but the same actions have not taken place to protect fish like tuna, most countries resist this because of the high demand for it.  But nature has demands for tuna as well.  With small tuna populations, you are changing the ecosystems.  The dolphins that work with the tuna to eat smaller fish are now starving to death.  The smaller fish swell in populations and end up eating more algae and plankton.  With this system unravelling the once powerful ocean becomes calm and clear- without its impressive fish working under the surface.

So save the fish- and the future- and eat your veggies instead!  Follow me to stay tuned in for future articles and recipies, otherwise if you enjoyed it please like it.

Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)

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  1. Akanksha
    Absolutely loved this post, the title and the image! I've heard it is the Salmon fish oil which is highest in Omega 3. Not sure if there are any plant based sources of that.
    1. Veganara
      There are plant sources of omega-3s too, Akanksha; check out my article The Alpha and the Omega, if you haven't already seen it.
      1. Zack
        the fish take up the omega 3 from algae and phytoplankton, so thats one source, also you can get it in flax, chia, and hemp seeds. The thing from plants you have to process it a bit more compared to getting the fat from the fish. But the body can and will adapt to be able to process it with time =)
  2. Veganara
    Voted. I second Akanksha; loved the text of this article, and the title and the picture! I keep hearing about overfishing of the world's oceans - so unnecessary, it is just human greed and ruthlessness as usual. I have a recipe for fishless fishcakes actually, which I must share soon!
    1. Zack
      yes please do! its such a big problem-at least now people are trying to find more sustainable breeds of fish to raise, like tilapia. But its just much easier, and better, to just become vegan =P
    2. SnakeWitch
      Like mine? My 'Save the Salmon Sushi' recipe? Zack, check it out if you want.
  3. SnakeWitch
    Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. ~ Cree Indian Proverb There are too many people for whom this quote is true.... sadly.... I voted. Greenpeace is working hard on the endangered fish species, by the way. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is the one still pushing extremely hard on whales, dolphins and sharks.
  4. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Superb post! u researched rele well..........Kudos! Voted already! :)
  5. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Also plz check my latest of u like it..Thnzz.. :)
  6. Veganara
    HI again Zack, please don't forget to vote for my Fuelling Around article, when you get the chance! I still only have 5 votes for that, disappointing really. I'll have to dig out my "fish" cakes recipe, that might get more votes!
  7. Anita Vegana
    I voted. I have heard about the list of endangered fish - it is surprisingly long.
  8. VeganGreenie
    So true!
  9. JustVegan
    Great information. it is probably not healthy to eat farm raised fish too. the best way is to eat more veggies. voted. if you get a chance do check my new post on zucchini sandwich.
  10. Akanksha
    You may find my post about habits that influence digestion interesting. Please vote if you like it!
  11. Akanksha
    You may find my post about habits that influence digestion interesting. Please vote if you like it!


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