Friday, March 14, 2008
As long as I'm on the subject of George, I have been meaning to write about this for a while. Here is a pretty convincing essay on the dwindling tuna supply. It would be pretty ironic if the high levels of mercury in tuna ended up being an evolutionary advantage - that by poisoning themselves they could prevent themselves from being fished to extinction. It has been written that there might be no non-farmed tuna 50 years from now, which is sobering. Unfortunately most consumers of fish don't know much about where it comes from our how it is fished, and as a result our food chain might look radically different in the near future, because we just can't stop shoveling it in. George thinks that there is a moral imperative that it lacking to save these animals, that humans lack the will to save these fish. I think a lot of it is basic ignorance - people just don't know that the catch is getting smaller and that the fish being brought in are not as mature as they used to be. When they find out, it will be because they can't get it anymore.