Those beauties are halibut, and it’s the weirdest-looking-most-delicious-tasting fish. Living in Alaska at the time I got to take home around 20 pounds of the freshly frozen fish and I learned to cook it every which way. After moving away halibut wasn’t on the menu but once or twice a year. The costs of animal and fish meats have noticeably risen, particularly when you’re making local, antibiotic/hormone-free, organically fed, and biodynamic meat purchases a priority. If you’re considering the insanity behind the uppity choice in meat and fish labels, I can shed some light.
You’ve possibly heard about the horse meat scandal across Europe; beef containing horse DNA that got as far as European Ikea’s meatballs. The issue is not wholly about the fact that it was horse meat, but rather that people didn’t know as the meat wasn’t labeled as such. Debating the consumer demand for horse/beef meat isn’t my intention, but rather to address the origination issue. What came first (think chicken and egg); The mislabeled food we knew about – or the mislabeled food we didn’t know about? The latest round of sandal around our fishy friends comes from a 2 year test by Oceana, a conservation group, showing 33% of the fish tested was not what it claimed to be; snapper and tuna being the worst offenders.
I love fish and wholeheartedly agree with The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth when it states,
“…it’s refreshing to find a principle upon which everyone absolutely agrees. One such principle is to eat more vegetables and fruit. Another is that seafood is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.”
Salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, sablefish, anchovies and farmed oysters are particular health superstars. White fleshed fish are high in vitamins and minerals, and low in fat, calories and proinflammatory omega-6 fats. Fish like halibut, flounder, cod and orange roughy are lower in fat than any animal protein. You could say white fish are a nice all-around fish. Orange roughy and cod also contain selenium (in Brazil nuts too) which has been linked to lower cancer rates.
Fish is food AND friend, so procure as thoughtfully as you can to the best of your ability.
- Click here for an awesome meat-labeling glossary that folds into a pocket card.
- Get the lowdown on Frankenfish here.
“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”
~ Cree Prophecy
Today, I am grateful for the fact that we live in a time that is rife with information. Our planet is in peril and our heads are moving in a collective direction.
Fabulous documentaries like The Vanishing of the Bees are bringing attention to the issues we face with the future of our food. **Spoiler alert** Shocker, pesticides are the culprit; Or should I say ‘suspected’. Although the issue compared to Colony Collapse Disorder occurred in France and the bee keepers protested systemic pesticides hard enough and had them banned in the late 90’s, the U.S. is still waiting for more evidence. Really?! Sub-lethal doses are absorbed in the bees and a long study must be undertaken in order to make a connection. But I don’t need to wait around to see if a chemical created to kill humans in WWI will kill a bee if ingested slowly over time. DDT was banned 30-50 years ago (depending on location) and it’s still in breast milk today.I kind of think that’s happening right now; 1.5 m people diagnosed with cancer each year; 13% of kids with learning disorders. DDT was banned 40 years ago and it’s still in breast milk today. There’s no such thing as coincidence. I don’t think the bees ran away to Mexico for a pitcher of margaritas or that cancer is a mystery disease. Shoot, Rachel Carson brought up the danger of pesticides almost 50 years ago! The EPA even has an Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program which is barely getting to the process of evaluating pesticide exposure dangers, let alone what they do to our endocrine system.
Monarch butterflies, frogs, bats, salmon, and bees are small creatures in trouble who have an awful lot to do with our ecological and agricultural surroundings. Our obsession with monoculture in our front yards and our farms is really unsustainable. That lawn does nothing for our planet, and thousands of acres of corn end up making us fat (H.F.C.S.) and sick (GMO). Spraying it with pesticides only puts children, people and pets in danger. What other wake up call do we need to get this junk out of our food and our lives? I’m ready for a change, and that only starts with me. I’m NOT going to end up like the folks in Up. I urge you to turn your head to the outside world, and see what is already there.
What does an Endocrine disorder have to do with you anyway? Chances are pretty enormous that you have one, or someone you know does (diabetes-1/2/gestational , Grave’s disease, thyroid disorders, low testosterone, infertility, PCOS, RA, osteoporosis….). Click HERE.
Check out the EPAs list of Pesticide News Stories.
One step at a time. Let’s start with the kitchen.
Here I propose to you some simple to procure products that can make your life less toxic. I thought this would be one of the easiest ways to share a green household that ANYONE can do. We all shop for products and we feel most comfortable buying what we know works (and sometimes our comfort level trumps our better judgement). For me, I bought Tide, because it’s what my mom used. I have no loyalty to Tide so when I learned about all the toxic junk in products we use everyday I decided to buy a new detergent. What I was faced with was the scariest section of the store. When you have never had to think about WHY or WHAT product you’re buying, the switch to a new product can be…scary. At least for me it was.
Here’s a sampling of old products, and a healthier replacement:
You, one person, can make a difference. You can reduce the toxic products that go down the drain and end up in our drinking water. You can reduce the amount of paper products in landfills and the trees we use for those products. You can reduce the chlorine bleached products you use to bake, clean and make coffee with. You can reduce the amount of plastic that forever lives in the landfill. All of these things you can do if you shop for your products at a store or online. In fact, I got the laundry detergent at Super Supplements. I can truly tell you that all of these products work just as well if not better than the replacement product AND they are priced the same or even cheaper. Biokleen is even safe to wash my dogs with and their shiny soft coats are all the proof I need. That’s another product I don’t need to buy. Biokleen products are even made in my great state, so I’m reducing my carbon footprint by buying a product that travels fewer miles than our bananas.
So I hope you go to the store the next time you need laundry soap and take a gander at all the green options. Give one a try. If you don’t like it, take it back. Most stores will do that! Give it another go. I have yet to NOT like a product. I read the label and if I understand it, I buy it. What do I have to lose except some environmental toxins? Trust me. :)