Tuna with a Side of Truth

tuna.jpgWhen people transition to plant-based diets, fish is usually the last animal to leave their plates. But a recent article from the Atlantic is enough to make anyone say sayonara to sushi.

It seems that fish aficionados, particularly those who love tuna, have been duped. A new report from Oceana found that of over 1,000 purported tuna samples from restaurants and grocery stores, nearly 60 percent were not tuna at all. In fact, 84 percent of the fish samples labeled "white tuna" were actually escolar, a fish that when eaten can cause "prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage."

Disconcerting, right? What's even more disturbing is the truth behind the tuna shortage. Tuna, particularly Bluefin tuna, is in such drastic decline due to overfishing that some believe it's near the point of extinction.

The sad reality is that all fish are in peril. Scientists now believe that due to trawling and loss of biodiversity, all fisheries could collapse as early as 2048. These are animals that experience pain much like mammals and are steeped in complex social intelligence.

If you're looking for alternatives to fish on your plate, look no further than ChooseVeg.com for delicious vegetarian recipes, including mock tuna salad. For a restaurant in your area that serves up compassionate veggie sushi, check out VegGuide.org.