Save Our Future and Our Planet 4

Every time we travel, we are ambassadors. Definite good can come from sharing information, especially with those peoples who have likely been left out of the loop and yet are struggling with the problems that modern industrial countries have thrust upon them. And, when we travel, we do so to see this beautiful world, and that encourages us to protect it, everywhere, for generations to come. Each of us has to do our share.

Surprisingly, one action is to eat in a responsible way! What do I mean by that? Well, catch-up on the first 3 parts and then continue reading below!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Rice
Much of Asia’s forest land has already been converted to rice paddies. This may have been OK when populations were small, but with massive rice-eating populations, this needs to change! Not only is rice-growing leading to the universal effects of deforestation such as habitat loss and threatened biodiversity, but these seemingly benign, serene fields are also the largest source of methane produced from human activity!

Rice fields emit between 50 and 100 million tons of methane each year. That amount could be reduced with changes in farming methods, such as draining the fields more often. And, as I mentioned above, the methane problem created by animal flatulence is also a huge problem!

Traditional methods may only have worked because of smaller production, but today, the whole rice-eating culture of more than one billion people needs to be reassessed, as do farming practices. Cultural change is never easy, but the planet has to remain viable and arable or they will be little to eat for anyone. Lundberg Rice is a very knowledgeable California producer, so I would expect they have their culture done the best of anyone, but I’ll still eat way less rice. (And, I’m not adding more wheat etc., in its place, as they are raping the land, too, just in different ways.)

Shrimp
An estimated 38% of the world’s coastal mangrove deforestation is linked to farmed shrimp production. And, trawling methods for shrimp fisherman also create environmental havoc. Either way, shrimp is not eco-friendly!

Commercial shrimp farms have been developed in coastal regions from southeast Asia to Africa. They often displace natural low-lying mangrove forest ecosystems, which had been generally regarded as not ecologically important, but everything on the planet was made because it was needed.

The mangrove waters actually protect coastal regions from erosion and storm damage, as well as serve as a natural space for hatchery and spawning for fish — directly and adversely affecting the very industry that is taking their place. In places like Bangladesh, the loss of the mangrove forests will likely cost millions of human lives in coastal storm surge, and in areas of Indonesia and Thailand, tsunami tolls will likewise be affected. Be aware of that when staying on these tropical beaches!

More of the list for the last of the 7 worst planet destroying foods, tomorrow.

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