William Sinister (sinisterwilliam) wrote in ontd_political,
William Sinister

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NY Times Op-Ed for your head.

Op-Ed Contributor
A Fish Oil Story

Published: December 15, 2009

“WHAT’S the deal with fish oil?”

Food is an important idiom, but in today's day and age, so is sustainability.

Fish-oil...you know it you love 'em! Omega-3 Fatty Acids!

And where do an alarming portion of the nation's come from?

The Atlantic ecosystem dependent, foundation of the structure, algae eating...Menhaden.

Mr. Greenberg goes on to a point where legislation would have to be put into effect- as something should be done to protect the nurseries for a fish all our favorite homegrown fishes depend on for their omega-3 payload...

Part of the battle is in a few allowed to continue plunder in federal waters and unsustainable business practice (in meeting the demand). More long-term sources are listed in the article, such as the rather popular supplement "flax seed oil."

Still, I want to know how this effects my bowl of noodles, and if I should be adjusting my dietary habits/consumer choice to be more in line with my personal principles (and also perhaps my political beliefs).

But, don't mind me, Mr. Greenberg says it best:

For fish guys like me, this egregious privatization of what is essentially a public resource is shocking. But even if you are not interested in fish, there is an important reason for concern about menhaden’s decline.

Quite simply, menhaden keep the water clean. The muddy brown color of the Long Island Sound and the growing dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay are the direct result of inadequate water filtration — a job that was once carried out by menhaden. An adult menhaden can rid four to six gallons of water of algae in a minute. Imagine then the water-cleaning capacity of the half-billion menhaden we “reduce” into oil every year.

This conclusion of Mr. Greenberg's Op-Ed is what reinvigorates in me a naturalist sense of liberalism. As "The Law" (after Bastiat) should exist to prevent plunder and federal waters, pur nation's valuable natural resource should be protected by our government. THAT is the business of a nation. To ensure the survival of its people and its resources so that it may have its wealth maintained for future generations. (Real wealth, not creative number moving).

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/16/opinion/16greenberg.html

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