>> Thursday, May 6, 2010
Image via WikipediaThe Cove is a crucially-important documentary that will hopefully surface on your must-watch list. This is an exposé on the massive killing, nay, slaughtering of dolphins that happens on a regular basis in one small Japanese town. When considering the intelligence, compassion, and empathy shown by these creatures, it's unimaginable that people would actively hunt and kill them by the thousands, but there's a health-damaging result of hunting them as well.
Dolphins are relatively near the top of the oceanic food chain, and due to our pollution of the world, all the little bits of toxic waste that's eaten up by the smaller fish tend to collect in their bodies, much like they do with ours when we eat mercury-laden foods. Pretend for a moment that instead of avoiding high-mercury tuna, for example, you ate it for every single meal of the day. That's the level of consumption we're talking about.
The people of Japan - even the people of and near Taiji, where this all happens - for the most part have or had no idea that they were eating mercury-laden dolphin. The business operating the regular slaughter of these animals had even contracted with governments to feed this meat to schoolchildren. This all takes place with the knowledge that dolphin meat is so rich with mercury it is outright dangerous.
This is the same story that has been told a hundred times, with only the places and names changing. It's the story of Profit First, and the kind of story it is is a tragedy. Consider the American food system and realize how it's no safer what with the chemical additives, or artificial, oil-based foodlike substances that are produced here. We're feeding it to our children because we can save money, and because the producers of such substances can make money - a lot of it. Rob Smart said this in a much more eloquent way in his article at the Huffington Post. "The big question on my mind is how man rationalizes poisoning other men with the food they grow, harvest and hunt?" We have to stop thinking about money, and put each others' lives first.
Go watch The Cove, and then tell someone about it. Go learn about the evils of the way we produce our food, and then go do something about it.
This link is part of Fight Back Friday on The Food Renegade.