THE NEW PLASTIC TRASH FISH DIET

In the 19the century the development of plastics became popular during the Industrial Revolution. Plastics manufacturing is a major part of the chemical industry, and some of the world’s largest chemical companies have been involved since the earliest days, such as the industry leaders BASF and Dow Chemical.

In order to protect the ocean from marine pollution, policies have been developed internationally. There are different ways for the ocean to get polluted, therefore there have been multiple laws, policies, and treaties put into place throughout history. In some areas there have been significant efforts to reduce the prominence of free range plastic pollution, through reducing plastic consumption, litter cleanup, and promoting plastic recycling.

Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles (e.g. plastic bottles, bags and microbeads) in the Earth’s environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans. Air pollution is one thing but water pollution is another. But marine pollution affects the air we breathe.

Marine life affects the nature of the planet. Marine organisms produce oxygen and sequester carbon. There is no life without water. What beautiful animals inhabit our oceans and mankind is deliberately poisoning them. Not only has it afflicted land but waterways and oceans. Marine debris, also known as marine litter, is human-created waste that has deliberately or accidentally been released in a sea or ocean. Floating oceanic debris tends to accumulate and a wide variety of man-made objects can become marine debris; plastic bags, balloons, buoys, rope, medical waste, glass and plastic bottles, cigarette stubs, cigarette lighters, beverage cans, polystyrene, lost fishing line and nets, and various wastes from cruise ships and oil rigs are among the items commonly found to have washed ashore. Six pack rings, in particular, are considered emblematic of the problem.

It is everywhere.

Marine pollution harms an estimated 100,000 sea turtles and marine mammals and 1,000,000 sea creatures each year. It clogs the digestive tracts of larger animals when consumed by them and can cause starvation through restricting the movement of food, or by filling the stomach and tricking the animal into thinking it is full.

Each human on this planet should be conscious, aware and participate in preventing marine pollution. But I feel indifferent because of how millenials do not care or consciously do not want to get involved. Their focus is on likes, vlogs, and their opinions in social media. My generation is that of the baby boomers who were raised and practice being conscious of world events, respectful to authority and taking care of family. We listen and act.

Otherwise we would be eating plastic trash salmon, plastic trash cod, plastic trash tilapia, plastic trash plastic trash tuna, plastic trash halibut, plastic trash oysters, plastic trash mussels etc. This will give rise to an increase in cancer statistics or even a higher risk of cancer. We would not want to lose a family member from this horrible disease that may metastasize in our bodies from eating sashimi (Japanese prepared raw fish), sushi, seared tuna salad, lobster or scallops.

I am conscious of the six pack rings and found a simple solution, just cut it with scissors. It is sad because some researchers suggest that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by weight. Our grandchildren may never get to see Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach; Aquarium of the Bay, San FRancisco, Monteray Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California; SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida; SeaWorld, SanDiego, California; etc.

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HIGH PROTEIN DIET VS VEGETARIAN DIET

What is meat? Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines meat as animal tissue considered especially as food. In this blog I will be focusing on beef meat. I love meat specially a good beefy steak. It doesn’t matter whether it has saturated fats, in fact it’s the fats that make it juicy and tasty and if you get a good steak (Kobe or Wagyu and Aberdeen Angus, ), it just melts in your mouth. I like going to Outback Steakhouse, Black Angus Steakhouse, Claim Jumper, Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse, some Korean and Japanese restaurants, etc. I don’t consider myself on a diet but since I like meats my consumption falls under a High-Protein Diet.

There are many different types of meat, and all have been part of the human diet for thousands of years. This have nutritional value and essential nutrients. There is pork, beef, lamb and mutton, chcken, turkey, venison, duck, wild boar, bison or buffalo, goose, rabbit and pheasant. There are so many choices that depends on where you live in the world.

I also have to make mention dedicated Vegetarians and Vegans who abstain from animal products due to their concern about the ethics of eating meat
(inhumane killing or slaughter of cows, pigs, lamb, chicken, etc.), the environmental effects of meat production (release of methane affecting climate change), the nutritional effects of consumption and for religious reasons. I respect their view. I like vegetables too.

I’ve asked myself what is the history of meat?. What is its origin? I go to my meat market and laid out under the glass cases are varieties of cut meats. There is no pleasant definition of butcher in the dictionary. It is one who slaughters, kills ruthlessly, or kills brutally. Oh, how I cringe!

How is it that it’s on my dining table being served. Why do we eat animal tissue? So, I did some research and first, it lead me back to the diet of the earliest humans who were hunter-gatherers. They organized the hunting of deer and bison. There is evidence that a substantial proportion of early human diets is supported by biology, geology, fossils and ecology during that time. But It still doesn’t answer the origin of meat consumption.

Secondly, my research pointed me to the Scriptures, the Old Testament of the Bible. In this modern age, it’s called the Hebrew Bible, as it was written in Hebrew because its principles still apply in our times. For those who believe in God, it is spiritual knowledge. For atheists and agnostics, please keep an open mind.

The context of Genesis chapter 1 shows where God, Yahweh in Hebrew and Jehovah God which is the English translation begins when the heavens and the earth were created … man … the creatures in the heavens, domestic animals …”

In Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 30, it states: “And to every wild animal of the earth and to every flying creature of the heavens and to everything moving on the earth in which there is life, I have given all green vegetables for food.” And it was so.

This was a loving direction from Jehovah God to provide his living creatures food, but only green vegetation. There was no instruction for meat to be consumed. What they harvested, they ate. And because, God loved animals.

Here is a simple explanation. No mystery. No hidden truth. No secret. The context of Genesis chapter 6 shows God giving instructions to Noah for the preservation of his family but also for his creation, the domestic animals (two of each kind for procreation) in the land before Jehovah God brings about the Flood.

Here, in Genesis Chapter 6 Verse 21,22, it states: “For your part, you are to collect and take with you every kind of food to eat, to serve as food for you and the animals.” And Noah did according to all that God had commanded him . He did just so.”

Here, Jehovah God gives Noah a tenderhearted command that he can now eat meat, “as food for you and for the animals.” So, before the Flood, humankind as well as animals ate vegetation off the ground. God loved his creatures and so never did it come up to his mind to have them for consumption.

But now, circumstances have changed, so, to prepare for the coming of the floodwaters that would destroy every evil, wicked, and unrighteous humankind. Noah could not gather carrots, potatoes, kale, brussel sprouts, etc. as this would not last while in the ark. Imagine. No refrigeration and it would have spoiled in 2 days and his family and the animals will go hungry. Or this generation would describe it as: “Hangry” – hungry and angry. Jehovah God already foresaw what they needed for sustenance.

I found the answer! Ever since I was born and up to the time I was served and ate meat, I wanted to be informed about the origins of meat consumption. Vegetarians and vegans have a platform too that is sensible and motivating and marked by conscious awareness of their diet. But, scripturally, God made allowance to eat meat that started with the preservation of Noah’s family and everything in the ark until the floodwaters were no more and Noah’s household came out of the ark onto dry land.

I am informed!

Stock Photo of Beef Cut Charts from Finedining Lovers