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Hold the Anchovies, Please
by Leland Waldrip
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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Our oceans are becoming a desert at an alarming rate. The following is a link to the New York Times article :

Hold the Anchovies, Please


We eat fish caught daily from the sea.

Their names are familiar and common, 

Haddock, tuna, Pollock and anchovy,

Wahoo, striped bass, wild salmon…


Some names of sea products surprise:

Pork, chicken, turkey and beef!

Farmed salmon, catfish — we emphasize

This meat comes not from sea or reef.


Yet their diet — if true what we read —

Large portion comes from the sea,

In form of small fish used for feed,

Ground up for oil to make puree.


Thirty-seven percent of ocean catch,

By weight, is small schooling fish,

Sardines, anchovies, menhaden in batch,

We net to make for pigs a tasty dish.


It takes three pounds of this mash,

To grow one pound of edible meat,

So process reduces protein stash —

Two thirds of it we simply delete.


Where then is food larger fish need?

Already they’re eight-tenths overdrawn.

Now we compete for their feed,

And rush the day that all are gone.


This is another scary indication

Human propagation’s on the rise — 

With little regard for the implication:

We’re killing our planet! How unwise. 


© 2008 R. Leland Waldrip




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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 11/13/2008
Now this really makes the reader think and feel about what man is doing to the Earth and her creatures. Well penned Leland.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/13/2008
How unwise, indeed. And how so very sad, for future generations to come.
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 11/12/2008
You wrote this amazingly well while balancing the words and their meanings, good job.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/12/2008
Your fine words do speak the truth and I do wish more would pay attention to all that is going on. Me, I don't each fish of any kind....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/12/2008
I never understood sushi. Now the largest tuna are prized and depleted for some stupid fad.

Fish farming makes about as much sense as farming---deplete the land and the sea while we spend outrageously to father more children and live longer.

Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 11/11/2008
A wise, true, well-written poem that should be required reading for all human earth dwellers.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 11/11/2008
a very well expressed write-we need to stop and think and be informed
Reviewed by Susan Schmitt (Reader) 11/11/2008
So true Mr. Waldrip. As a disciple of the Mother Goddess so to speak, it hurts me to see what we do to our wonderous planet. Everything we need to nourish us either physically or spirtually is available to us and we pollute it. Is it any wonder that we are seeing more violent storms and other drastic changes to our weather patterns? That is the only way she can tell us to stop.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 11/11/2008

Wise call to REASON and healthy living... "Hold the Anchovies" sings.

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

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