Déchets & Pollution
How To Get Involved ?
1- Stop or greatly reduce your consumption of meat and fish (See even dairy products for those who can).
2- Produce as little plastic waste as possible, give preference to glass bottles and jars and jute bags.
3- Make short trips on foot or by bike.
4- Buy local & stop consuming products tested on animals.
5- Reduce consumption of unnecessary energy.
6- Reduce your water consumption.
7- Stop consuming new products and opt for second-hand or reconditioned products.
8- Stop going to zoos, circuses or animal parks.
9- Raise awareness among your loved ones.
10- Educate your children.
Why Should I Stop Eating Fish ?
1- For your Health :
The overconsumption of fish recommended by the PNNS (National Nutrition Health Program) and the WHO (World Health Organization) is totally false and may even make you sick. Of course, fish is rich in protein, omega 3 and provides you with different trace elements (iodine, zinc, copper, selenium).
However, at present, it is also rich in dioxins, PCBs (industrial insulation), plastic and above all in mercury (heavy metals).
As a reminder, elemental mercury and methyl mercury are toxic to the central and peripheral nervous systems. Mercury has harmful effects on the digestive system, immune system, lungs, kidneys, and can be fatal.
This can have a significant and lasting impact on a child's developing brain and nervous system, and adversely affect memory, language, attention, and other skills.
There are many problems with the digestive system affected by mercury: hyper-salivation or dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation, burning of the digestive tract, stomach pains, nausea, loss of appetite, weight gain or weight loss, presence of protein and red blood cells in the urine.
But also, disturbances in the development of the nervous system "in utero" and during childhood, delayed development of the fetus even in the absence of toxic signs in the mother, headaches, dizziness, anxiety, depression, fatigue, disorders sleep, numbness and swelling of the extremities, tremors, visual and hearing disturbances.
The richest fish in mercury are: tuna (yellowfin, yellow, bigeye), grouper, hake, pomegranate, farmed salmon, swordfish, plaice, king macerel and sharks.
The fish have less mercury than the previous ones: haddock, anchovy, capelin, char, hake, herring, mackerel, sucker, pollock, salmon, smelt and rainbow trout. This does not mean, however, that they do not have ... They just have less!
Note: Each year in Europe alone, more than 1.8 million children are born with mercury levels above recommended safe limits.
Finally, mercury is at the origin of hormonal disorders, acting in particular on the thyroid and reproduction and which can lead to infertility.
2- Collateral Damage :
Whether it is industrial or artisanal fishing, fishermen catch thousands of marine animals in their nets, be it dolphins, porpoises, sharks, turtles, sea birds, etc... All are victims of fishing !
France is the country which kills the most dolphins in Europe, although it is considered protected.
This is no less than 11,300 dolphins found dead in 2019, following fishing activity, not to mention the strandings of other cetaceans.
3- The Futur of you Children :
The ocean is the main lung of the earth, contrary to what we might imagine.
It constitutes 80% of the oxygen we breathe.
If we continue to want to feed more than 7 billion people with fish, we are all doomed.
Clearly, as Paul Watson quite rightly says, "If the ocean dies, we will all die!"
Because it must be understood that when we eat fish, it is a whole chain, a whole balance that we destroy. Due to the way we consume it and the way we fish it.
Why Should I Stop Eating Meat ?
1- For your health : toxins, kidney stones, diabetes, arterial hypertension, inflammation of the intestine, cancer are the fruits of a daily consumption of red meat. The cooking would form two substances: PhIP and MeIOx. Filtered by the kidneys, these products stagen, thus increasing the risk of developing cancer. Grilled meat would be the most harmful of all, by generating heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, molecules that are also carcinogenic.
2- Antibiotics, Pesticides, GMOs : The hostile environments in which animals are raised require heavy drug support. When you eat meat, inevitably, you eat antibiotics. So it makes you more resistant to the antibiotics that you will need to take when you get sick ... It's a shame, isn't it? In addition, the food given to animals is full of pesticides such as dioxin, heavy metals, mycotoxin, phytoestrogens… And finally, if GMOs are banned in France for humans… They are not for animals! Indeed, the food given to “cattle” is nothing but genetically modified organisms. The cocktail is explosive to say the least !
3- First Cause of Deforestation : Livestock is 80% responsible for Amazonian deforestation. 60% of the beef we consume in France comes from Brazil, so we are responsible for that. Why this deforestation? Because 7kg of cereals are needed to produce 1kg of beef, or 323m2. If deforestation has slightly decreased, we continue to destroy 6000km2 per year for meat. To produce these 7kg of cereals to fatten "our" meat, you need water! And we will need no less than 15 tonnes of water to produce an unfortunate kilo of beef. Livestock generate 14.5% of annual greenhouse gas emissions in the world, ahead of transport ! When we eat meat, this necessarily implies that an animal has suffered heavily. Intensive breeding is no picnic: parking in concrete sheds, boredom, untreated wounds, voluntary mutilations (castration without anesthesia, beaks and tails cut).
4- Animal Suffering : When we eat meat, this necessarily implies that an animal has suffered heavily. Intensive breeding is no picnic: parking in concrete sheds, boredom, untreated wounds, voluntary mutilations (castration without anesthesia, beaks and tails cut).
The animals are slaughtered, bleed and then die for long and long minutes before being cut. They are sometimes cut up while they are still alive.
Moreover, acts of mistreatment are, in addition to the mistreatment inherent in intensive livestock farming, commonplace.
Justifying all this suffering simply because “it's good”, because “we've always done it like that”, because otherwise “we wouldn't eat anything anymore” is not admissible. If we eat meat it is for our own pleasure and personal comfort. We don't need it physiologically, especially not at this rate.