Black Friday – for the oceans. Recipes For Future #10
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Hi Food Rebels,
It’s Black Friday and things are indeed looking blacker than ever – for the oceans.
Way back when we made this Vegan Tuna Salad recipe, we first started to look at how the mass fishing industry was impacting the ocean and its marine life.
Our findings still haunt me to this day.
Some of the figures are just mind-blowing. Staggering. And none of them positive.
To get an overview of the mass fishing industry – 124 million metric tonnes of fish are caught every year – weighing the same as 378 Empire State Buildings! Mind-boggling.
And what does this mean for the oceans and its inhabitants?
Bycatch is a huge danger. Bycatch means animals that are not the right species, or size, or gender, or quality of fished animal – and so are usually ‘wasted’.
These huge ships cause a lot of bycatch – including around 100,000 albatrosses a year that are killed due to fishing-related causes. Sea turtles are also all too often unwitting victims of the whole fishing industry.
To top it off, an estimated 100 million sharks are killed by fishing or as bycatch each year. That’s an awful number.
Some are indeed eaten for food, but many are used in the leather industry or have their fins ripped off and are thrown back into the ocean.
Not a pretty picture.
We think we can stay away from fishing altogether. Here are some environmentally-friendly and ocean-friendly ideas. Dig in – guilt-free!
No-fish tuna salad for Future
Sauce for Future – a vegan dip inspired by Catalan fisherman hundreds of years ago
Soup for Future – sweet potato makes this so good!
Alright, there you have it! Let us know how these fish-free alternatives went for you!
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