How flaxseeds can help us save the oceans

We don’t talk very often about the health of our oceans, but they are absolutely vital to all life on Earth. Most of the oxygen on Earth is produced by phytoplankton in the oceans, all life on land is completely dependent on them.

The fishing problem

Humans have fished the oceans for thousands of years, but with the exponential rise of commercial fishing methods, pollution, and habitat destruction, marine animal populations are under extremely serious threat. Animals are absolutely vital to the heath of the oceans, they play an irreplaceable role in the life cycles of the oceans. Approximately 2.7 trillion fish are taken out of the oceans every year, while 40% of this is discarded as by-catch. The oceans are facing total destruction and their collapse will spell disaster for all life on this planet.  Learn more about the havoc caused by fishing in this  short, yet eye opening documentary, that reveals the scale and atrocity of the devastation we cause.

 

 

“from the very beings they brought to life: humans. The collapse of our oceans will spell disaster for all life on this planet. As marine life conservationist Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd says, “If the oceans die, we all die.” ” Source

Why do we eat fish ?

Clearly many of us enjoy the taste of seafood, but would we be willing to cause a mass extinction just for that ? Instead of flirting with green washing notions like “sustainable fishing”, shouldn’t we ask ourselves why we eat fish at first place… We obviously don’t eat just for pleasure, we eat in order to survive and to be healthy. I always heard that eating fish is healthy, especially for the brain. So is our health a reason why we should keep on eating seafood? All the nutrients we find in fish we can easily be found on land, perhaps the most special ingredient of fish are the omega 3 fatty acids. They are called “essential fatty acids” because our bodies need them and can’t produce them on their own. It turns out that that flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega-3, such as linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and arachidonic acids.

Flax seeds

Common flax was one of the first crops domesticated by man. It was used for its fiber, but also for the important nutrients densely packed in the seeds such as : high concentration of proteins, oleic acid, dietary fiber, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin E, lignans, B-complex groups vitamins, folate and minerals.  I’ll not talk too much about the health benefits of flaxseeds, I’ll leave this to a professional nutritionist. What I would like to focus on is their accessibility : flax seeds are really cheap and can provide us with a whole set of important nutrients. We can be healthier and demand less from the oceanic ecosystems, by consciously incorporating flaxseeds into our daily diets.

This article is not intended to provide a magical solution that will fix all the problems that our oceans are facing. We will still have to find a way to stop the intense pollution and habitat destruction that we’re causing to marine life. But if we don’t curb down and largely eliminate the global demand for seafood, our future seems very bleak.

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Thanks to  The Friendly Activist and Bite Size Vegan for the professionally done research and educational videos that I included in this article.

 

 

41 thoughts on “How flaxseeds can help us save the oceans

  1. Although Flax ofcourse is good stuff and contains omega-3 fatty acid ALA, this still needs to be converted by our body into EPA and then DHA. This conversion from ALA to EPA doesn’t always happen very efficiently. But there is another plant based source of EPA which is the mentioned Marine Phytoplankton which is grown sustainably for instance here in the Netherlands where I live. Fish get their omega 3’s from algae and we can get them too by consuming these algae directly and save the oceans in the process!

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