The word ‘sustainable’ is a term that has been thrown around a lot in recent times, and we’ve all heard it left and right. Unfortunately, whilst everyone has a good idea what it means, very few amongst us truly understand how it relates to our everyday lives, how it impacts us, or what we can do to advance this wonderful realisation of making not only the planet healthier, but also ensuring that our children will be able to enjoy it the same as we do today.
Sustainability is something we should strive for in every area in our lives, and that includes not only energy and the production of goods, but also our food and the way we harvest and gather. It also includes how we take care of our oceans, their eco-systems, and how we fish. What is sustainable seafood, and how can it benefit your family? Here are your essential questions answered.
You might not associate sustainability with seafood, but the things that we get from the oceans are under just as great a threat as any part of our eco-system, perhaps even more, as confirmed by healthy, sustainable, and natural food suppliers like Blue Apron (if you want to learn more, check this out: http://thekitchenadvisor.com/an-experienced-cook-tries-blue-apron-and-gave-us-his-honest-opinion). It’s incredibly important that fishing practices are done well and in a responsible way; if not, they destroy a good part of the fish’s habitat. More than that, other species such as turtles, corals, and dolphins can be affected if nothing is done about it. As it is, most fresh fish delivery companies today tend to take the concept of sustainability very seriously. It is not only for the preservation of the ecosystems, but also to support local fishermen whose livelihood depends on fishing.
Why it’s good for you
Yes, past practices and the way we do things now and in the future relate directly to the way you and your family live – and will be able to live in the future. Here’s how:
- You don’t want fish to decline in population. That would mean less fish in the future – less enjoyment for your children and grandchildren.
- You can taste other dishes. A lot of what is considered now as a throw-away fish is actually quite delicious and nutritious – it’s just that we’re not aware of it. Try out something different.
- Eat with a clear conscience. Whilst seafood is not likely to taste much better, you’ll enjoy the meal more. And that can make a very big difference.
Here’s an important issue that very few people realise: when it comes to choosing sustainable practices, there is no difference regarding the quality of food or cost – in other words, choosing to do the right thing requires no effort on your part. However, by choosing to buy your seafood from people and companies who have practices in place for sustainability, you ensure that there is better quality seafood for years to come. Do the right thing, for everyone’s sake – including future generations.