andrew schneider investigates

March 3, 2008

Save the environment. Eat a whale.

Filed under: Food - good, bad, weird,Seafood,Sustainable food — Andrew Schneider @ 17:09

The Treehugger.com is carrying a story reporting a unique approach to rationalize the killing of whales,

The Norwegian-based High North Alliance supports whaling and the interests of coastal communities in the Arctic and says it has the numbers to prove that eating whale meat is “environmentally friendly.”

According to Treehugger.com, the pro-whaling group says its studies suggest that 2.2 pounds of whale meat represented “just” 4.2 pounds of greenhouse gases against 15.8 pounds for beef, 6.4 for pork and 4.6 for chicken.

Rune Froevik of the Alliance says “Basically it turns out that the best thing you can do for the planet is to eat whale meat compared to other types of meat…Greenhouse gas emissions caused by one meal of beef are the equivalent of eight meals of whale meat”

Needless to say, Green Peace disagrees, but I couldn’t get its statement in time for this posting.

Whale is eaten by many in remote ares who cannot get other protein. When the Makah were preparing to hunt their first whale in 70 years, and assured critics that they would eat the whale, I interviewed people in the Arctic and elsewhere who cook whale as part of their diet. As this 1999 story tells it, Tabasco is very important to many recipes.

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