Here at Fish & Meat we have very strong beliefs when it comes to sourcing and cooking food. We are passionate about clean eating and we follow ethical food trends in Hong Kong. One thing we find particularly worrying is the terrible conditions our oceans are in as a direct result of plastic waste. This is why we support the Plastic Oceans Association, an organisation that is taking steps to eradicate this problem through increasing awareness. At Fish & Meat whenever you order Salmon Tartare from our menu we will donate ten per cent of the profits to the Plastic Oceans Foundation. Keeping that in mind, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about this huge environmental issue and the great work that is being conducted by the organisation we support.
Plastic pollution is a global catastrophe and sadly it is a man-made one. Did you know that approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used on a global scale? Just think about how many of these bags will end up littered all over the planet. This is having an extremely detrimental effect on the environment, wildlife and indeed human health. The marine ecosystem in particular is suffering immensely as a result of plastic pollution. 31 species of marine mammals are known to have ingested marine plastic whilst over 100 species of sea birds have ingested plastic artefacts. Over 250 species have become entangled in plastic, whilst entanglement rates of approximately eight per cent have been discovered in some sea lion and seal species. This pollution is also extremely dangerous because it is leading to the transportation of invasive species, which can have a catastrophic influence on biodiversity. We are not immune from the impact either. Plastic particles in the ocean attract toxins, which in turn affects us, as the toxins enter the food chain.
At Fish & Meat we truly believe that to be the one of the top restaurants in Hong Kong you have to care about where your ingredients come from, you need to believe in dining sustainably and you must recognise the impact you are having on the environment. As Plastic Oceans state themselves, the only way for this issue to be combatted is for everyone to come together – policymakers, scientists, manufacturers, the public and businesses, including restaurants. The foundation is working exceptionally hard to increase awareness and get everyone on board. They have recently launched a Crown Funding Campaign, where they hope to raise $50,000 to create a film that will spread the message about plastic pollution. So far they have raised more than half of their target.
Author – Matt Reid.