Omg the latest Netflix documentary has pretty much tore down all the guilt-free notions you may have towards sustainable seafood, in that, such claims may not only be dubious, it’s cruel in fact, & there’s no such thing as sustainably caught seafood in commercial fishing. It’s enough to send your head spinning as he refutes each & every claim, from charity organisations to supposed watchdogs, who paint the impression of being protectors of ocean life when in reality, their simply masking the dreadful deeds of the fishing industry.
What really jolted me was a question he posed to an expert asking “what health benefits would we miss out if we stopped eating fish?”
The expert replied dryly “oh... you’d be missing out mercury, lead...”
I am gobsmacked - over the years, we’ve been learning of reasons to stop eating farm animals like poultry, beef, pork & lamb, and in the latest documentary to reach us, it gives us all the reasons to avoid seafood. Yet resolving to a plant-based diet isn’t the solution either as we’re finding out that the over-farming of the more popular crops can become damaging for the soil. Nut milks are prime examples – once the preferred milk substitute of choice until stories of how environmentally unfriendly they are began to surface, and now, you practically get a look of disdain if you even asked for a nut milk to go with your hot beverage.
There isn’t a more confusing moment for the consumer - what can/how do we eat in a way that’s sustainable, good to earth & good to us?
The only solution I can think of is to eat moderately & variedly, for example, consuming every part of the animal (& not this ridiculous diet of chicken breasts?!?), different grains, range of fruit & vegetables - that way, we’re not placing more burden on one aspect of food than another.
Growing up, I used to enjoy offal – kidney, liver etc – and it was, in fact, quite a common & widely available type of food in my birth country. But, as I got older, people began to point out the oddness of these foods & I became so conscious of my choices that I eventually psyched myself out from eating them.
The world is constantly telling us what’s good & acceptable to eat, but we need to stop listening to this chatter in our ear that “this food is good, that is not” nonsense. Eggs are an excellent example, it’s been exalted one year & demonised the next – you can’t get enough of it at one moment & then avoid it like plague the next. Then apparently, it’s just the yolk that’s the issue so overnight restaurants are chucking out egg yolks & concocting dishes out of whites. Time to filter out the dribble - eat as you please. Eat seasonally, eat differently, eat blissfully.
Hongyi the yogi
Full-time yoga teacher & trainee yoga therapist in London. Eager to share, eager to learn!