Fish Footprints

Is there any possible part of our daily life that isn’t going to be measured by this bullshit metric?

Fish sticks may seem harmless, but the tiny food is creating a huge carbon footprint.
A new study has found that transforming Alaskan Pollock into fish sticks, imitation crab and fish fillets generates nearly twice the greenhouse gas emissions produced by fishing itself.

I’m getting to the point where the more I’m scolded for behavior which (allegedly) harms the planet or in some way offends people of a certain type, the more I’m likely to increase said behavior.

I’ve never been that keen on fish sticks — I think I grew out of the taste at age 8 — but I think I’ll pick up a pack or two of Gorton’s the next time I’m at the supermarket, just for spite.

And then there’s this, from the same article:

Families that often dine out and consume large quantities of sweets and alcohol are likely to have a higher carbon footprint than meat eaters, a study claims.
Researchers came to this conclusion after studying the food habits and carbon footprints of around 60,000 households across Japan.
They found that meat consumption typically only accounts for only 10 per cent of the different in environmental impact between low and high carbon households.
In contrast, households with high carbon footprints typically consumed around two to three times more sweets and alcohol than those with low footprints
Eating out, for example, was found to contribute 175 per cent more carbon emissions for the average household than eating meats.
In fact, dining in restaurants was seen to contribute an annual average of 770 kilograms (121 stone) of greenhouse gases towards the environmental impact of those households with a high carbon footprint.

That does it.  Tonight is Pizza Night chez  Du Toit (which is an immutable institution), but tomorrow night I think I’ll take New Wife to Hard Eight BBQ, which boasts a meat smoker that puts out more smoke than a fucking 19th-century steamship.

Chide me, I dare ya.


  1. What’s the carbon footprint of the person or people who travel around measuring the carbon footprints of simple human activities like harvesting and cooking food? And what do these people eat while they’re out collecting this data?

  2. Wildfires in Australia and volcanic ash (if not eruptions by now), and I’m supposed to be bothered by what the minions of Scoldilocks are telling me??

  3. Back when I was a young’n fish sticks and mac ‘n’ cheese was Friday night dinner. Every Friday.

  4. Chide you? My good man, it’s bad enough I’m still stuck in Kommiefornia, and you post THAT droolworthy spread??

    Not gonna do it, wouldn’t be prudent

  5. Hmm… catch fish, process it, and sell it weeks later and thousands of miles away? All the time keeping it frozen so it doesn’t go off? Yes, of course that’s going to be energy-expensive. The fish I eat here today was swimming in the sea yesterday, maybe the day before.

  6. Clicked on the “Hard 8 BBQ” and the first thing I see is a pop-up announcing that they’re closing early on January 26th for an employee appreciation party. That’s a place to support with your Q dollars if they’re taking care of their workers like that.

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