Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Japan Forced to Confront Its Eating Habits

Japan is freaking out because the world's fish are disappearing. To be specific, the numbers of bluefin tuna that the Japanese love for sushi are declining rapidly, largely, though not entirely, because of the insatiable Japanese market for them. Of course, the Japanese are going to do nothing except demand that no measures are taken to change this. They wouldn't want to give up their fish for 5 years in order so that they can eat them for longer after that period!

This shortsightedness is hardly a Japanese characteristic. We are no different except that most of our meat comes from land-based mammals. However, our own love for Filet-o-Fish at McDonald's is sending other species near extinction. Within 15 to 20 years, we will have very few choices for eating fish. I wonder what our reaction will be? Anger at the past for not dealing with the problem? Probably. But we'll probably have the same habits in 20 years and will be rapidly ending the existence of any number of other species.