Knowing how many people in the world starve every day, it’s amazing to hear that so much food gets wasted every day and put in a good light by the people who do it. The TED talk that spoke about these issues, the love affairs with fish, really was an eye-opener about the way the fish industry is running. The amount of food that gets wasted during their process only gets more and more astoundingly sad as they go on to explain it in the video. Hearing how little anyone in the business even KNOWS about food waste is frightening. The idea that so many fish are used just to make one portion of it is a shame. Any business that thinks they’re doing any good by being so wasteful sounds like it shouldn’t be producing food at all. It’s just wasting resources and destroying the environment in probably countless ways. I don’t think I would be able to have a job where I was as ignorant to the facts as these people were. Going to a job every day and just telling people your way of fish farming was the ‘most efficient’ wouldn’t be the sort of thing I’d want to tell curious customers without anything to back myself up on. Just about anyone who told me that about a product, food, what have you wouldn’t be getting my vote any time soon.
On top of what was said on the waste in itself, the TED talk only made things look more bleak as it went on talking about how so much chicken byproduct was used and just fed to the fish in their farms. Now, granted, there are foods with gelatin and other animal waste scraps like hooves, etc. that some people wont even eat, but with the percentage of how much ACTUAL chicken was in the bits fed to the fish was just sad. Again, so many people are so hungry, so in need, but we give it to the negative cycle of already wasteful and destructive fish farms that should be changed to begin with.
There was hope when the farm was shown that was so economically friendly, though. There is certainly a possibility for change, but not everything can be so positive. There will always, or, for some time be the presence of negative-impact farming and production. The availability for such rich and well-farmed areas is not as high as the availability for poorly planned fish farming. While it would be wonderful if it was possible, not all land is as lush and growable as the fish farms shown at the end of the TED talk. It would be a wonderful resource, but the demands for food are always higher than what economically friendly resources seem to be able to provide. This will hopefully change soon, or else we might run out of time to use this option at all.
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