HEARTS OF PALM
It’s 2019 and wow things have changed. Before the 90’s everything seemed safe to eat and was organic! Living in the millennium it is sad to see our seas being overfished. It appears that not many are taking seriously the fact that we really shouldn’t be swimming or putting anything that comes out of the ocean in our mouths. The Mediterranean is the most overfished in the world and at serious risk of being depleted. Since March 2011 a tsunami damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Since then ongoing documentation of rising levels of radioactive isotopes of cesium have been discovered in the Pacific Ocean and has now reached our shores across the country. Including Bodega Bay and Point Reyes National Sea Shore. Due to nuclear testing in the 60’s our Pacific already had a sizable amount of radio activity. You can visit http://ourradioactiveocean.org/results for the latest updates. Recently a law was passed to allow oil drilling in our oceans which will cause the death of billions of creatures. Some endangered.
If you eat farmed fish, in order to profit, they are shot with hormones and antibiotics to keep them alive and are fed GMO corn and soy, as if glowing fish weren’t enough. In order to change this we have to do our part, become educated and limit self-indulgence, even if its one fish-less ceviche at a time.
There are 2600 species of palm trees, most in the tropics. Luckily our beautiful palms have given us the gift of an amazing vegetable that actually has the texture and tastes like fish. So many of your favorite fish dishes can be substituted with hearts of palm. The down side is even this poor vegetable has been over harvested not only for the vegetable but for its trans fat free palm oil. Today palm oil production is the largest cause of deforestation in Southeast Asia leaving trees dead with no chance of regrowth, clearing out of rainforest for plantations, leaving some orangoutangs homeless and injured and some dead while palm trees are cut down in masses. Endangered orangutan population have dwindled by approximately 50% according to a recent study I read, still looking for a current percentage. Make sure to buy a sustainable brand of hearts of palm such as Native Forest Organic Hearts of Palm, it’s rainforest friendly, gluten free and comes in a 14 oz can, Amazon sells it by the case. As long as certain types of palms are harvested in moderation we can raise it sustainably and still enjoy this delicious vegetable. Hearts of palm is rich in nutrients including protein, iron and fiber and can be found at most grocery stores or online.