Would You Starve So Fish Could Live?

I consider myself to be somewhat of an environmentalist.  I don’t like littering, in fact I pick up other’s (and teach my daughter to do the same) litter when we’re at the park.    I’m careful about recycling. We walk when we can.  We plant a garden every year, not only to feed our family during the summer (when the weather cooperates), but also to add beauty to our yard and to teach my children where our food comes from and how to care for the earth.

 

I believe that when God referred to Adam as a steward to his creation that we were being told to take care of God’s creation. It is important to not cause massive deforestation.  It is important to be concerned about the air and water quality.  It is important to be respectful of the wildlife in which we share this world with.

But there comes a point where I draw the line.

When the quality of human life is sacrificed for that of an animal’s.

California is facing a severe drought.  They have had below-average rainfall for two years now.  And while this is an issue they could irrigate their fields if not for the fact that the only water source they have to do so is the home of a species of endangered fish.

Some farmers in the area are going to be unable to even plant their fields this year if something isn’t done so that water is available.

Big deal, right?  We’ll just get our produce from other places.  There is a problem with this logic.  According to Slate.com….

 

 California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots (and the list goes on and on). Some of this is due to climate and soil. No other state, or even a combination of states, can match California’s output per acre. Lemon yields in California, for example, are more than 50 percent higher than in Arizona. California spinach yield per acre is60 percent higher than the national average. Without California, supply of all these products in the United States and abroad would dip, and in the first few years, a few might be nearly impossible to find.

 

This means, not just a few families, but nation, even global wide, we will be seeing a shortage of produce. Fruits and vegetables will be either unavailable or too expensive to purchase.

 

In Farmers vs. Fish Amid the California Drought at Time.com they write

And the local farmers are particularly bitter at the environmental priorities governing water use. “We’re looking after fish, and yet we’re losing crops,” says almond farmer Cort Blackburn. “You cannot put the fish in front of all the people.” Chris Cardella, a farmer on the east side of Firebaugh, agrees: “We need legislature to overrule all our environmental impacts because humans come first over fish.” 

 

Do you think Cardella is right?  

Do people come first or are you willing to starve so a fish can live?

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shannon
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 14:25:32

    It is something I struggle with all the time. I have been a vegetarian for 22 years this September and I work for a charity that rescues animals. I wish I could be vegan but I really do believe that my kids need milk. I feel awful about the ways the cows are treated and I think that farming practices need to change, but in the meantime the health of my kids comes first. I am trying to find an organic source but even then, there is milk in so many products. Same with eggs. We buy free range but the eggs used in premade items probably aren’t. In the end, I do think that every difference makes a difference, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing to make it worthwhile. As for the fish, well if they will certainly die then I am on there side because sorry but humans will not starve, they just won’t have the great selection of fruits and vegetables they are used to. Thanks for the thought provoking post.

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  2. Sheila
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 22:09:16

    I agree that people have to come first. It is sad to see a species disappear. But that’s caused by long-term environmental neglect and carelessness. Environmental problems will be not be solved overnight, but need well thought-out and enduring solutions. But in the meantime, I think human life and welfare must come first.

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