May
12
2008

Save the planet -- eat a whale

Mmmm...that's good eatin': It takes less energy to harvest seafood, including whale, than to raise animals on a farm.
Mmmm...that's good eatin': It takes less energy to harvest seafood, including whale, than to raise animals on a farm.Courtesy Sparky Leigh

The Norwegian whaling lobby has released a study, comparing how much energy is required to produce a pound of whale meat vs. a pound of beef, chicken, or other livestock. The results: one pound of chicken produces 2.4 times as much greenhouse gas as one pound of whale meat; pork produces 3.4 times as much; and beef 8.3 times as much.

Greenpeace quickly pointed out that this has nothing to do with whales themselves; all farm-raised meat requires a lot of energy. Catching fish and other seafood produce similar amounts of gas. Many whale species are threatened or endangered, and protected by international treaties. Nations that do a lot of whaling object to these restrictions.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

nelson.robin's picture
nelson.robin says:

wow i wouldnt eat whale thats nasty lol and who would they be able to catch one of those big mamales them things are hudge lol

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:04am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Whaling is a big industry in Norway, Japan, and a few other countries.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:27am
LEE's picture
LEE says:

i wonder how whale meat tastes like? chicken? but i don't think that would eat whale meat though.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:07am
Candice_318's picture
Candice_318 says:

So is this just a way of saying how much energy we use on chicken, or that we should really eat whales?

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:12am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

A little of both, possibly neither. The Norwegian whaling industry, tired of all the bad press it gets from environmental groups, put out a study showing that it takes less energy to harvest a pound of sea food (including whales) than to raise a pound of meat on a farm.

What you eat is up to you. Over-harvesting the seas causes tremendous environmental problems. So does modern, industrial farming. Responsible, sustainable methods are available in both fields -- we should support those.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Chickens are stupid. Whales are not. You're talking about farming a species that quite likely has similar brain power to that of a human. I think your stance is sick at best and perverse at worst.

posted on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 10:38am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Do you have a citation? I know of no studies that indicate whales have intelligence comparable to humans. Porpoises come closest, and then, not very. Meanwhile, baby chicks can count better than baby humans.

Whales would be almost impossible to farm. They would continue to be hunted in the wild.

I fear, however, that you are missing the point. The study was a form of reductio ad absurdum, taking an argument to its logical conclusion, and showing how ridiculous that conclusion (and thus the argument) is.

posted on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 7:50pm
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

I don't like the idea to eat whale I can't imagen the flavor it's so nasty.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:14am
twila_08's picture
twila_08 says:

EWW!! I would never eat a whale that is so nasty.

Twila Turnage

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:22am
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

who would ever think of doing this that's gross!!

posted on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 10:01am
kathryn wilson's picture
kathryn wilson says:

i wouldnt dare eat whale how could you kill a poor defenceless animal that cannot defend its self you murders !!!!!!! you should go to jail all off you

posted on Mon, 06/28/2010 - 6:19am

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