One of the most pressing issues of our time is figuring out how to feed a growing global population while simultaneously upholding sustainability principles. Many of our current food practices are fraught with waste and inefficiencies that leave many people without sufficient food and continue to damage our planet.
One alternative protein source that has gained a lot of attention lately is insects. Insects are already a main protein source for over 2 billion people globally, but here in the US we are still a little squeamish about adding them to our regular diets. Here we are going to explore the potential benefits of replacing some of our current foods with insects to improve our collective ecological footprint. First, here is a list of all the ways they can have a positive impact on our lives.
The Current Status of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW)
The population of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) native to Puget Sound, also known as the Southern Resident population, are on the brink of extinction. These majestic creatures have a long history in the Salish Sea area and are an important cultural icon for the Pacific Northwest, but human activities over the last few decades are threatening their future. Though this population was listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2005, little has been done since to tackle the causes of their decline. The challenges facing the SRKW population are many, but they can be generally placed into three groups: water pollution, noise pollution, and prey decline.
What is palm oil?
Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is commonly used in household products. The palm oil tree, Elaeis guineensis, flourishes in humid tropics and is farmed in Africa, Asia, North America and South America. 85% of the palm oil that is produced is exported from Indonesia and Malaysia. Palm oil is made from the flesh of the fruit of the tree, while Palm Oil Kernal is made from extracting the oil of the fruit’s seed. Palm oil is used in about 50% of products that are purchased and are often used on a daily basis. It is used in prepackaged foods, cosmetics, soaps, cleaners, and more. Outside of household products, palm oil is also used in some livestock feed as palm kernel cake and is often used to fatten the livestock.
Today is Earth Overshoot Day! Here’s a little background that will help you understand why today is not a day for celebration, and what you can do about it.
Although Conservation Made Simple is run by an amazing board and volunteers, there are two prominent faces and names that may be familiar to you: Cameron Winkler and Isabel Quimby. While we were preparing our next blog post, we had the idea that some of you may not be familiar with who we are and may be interested in learning more. If you aren’t, well we will see you in next month’s post!
May Oh May What a Month it Will Be!
So why are we so excited about May?? Well, this is the month Conservation Made Simple will be able to mark as the start to an incredible journey! As I write this article, our team is making the final touches to our website, social media posting schedules, and more!