Bill Nye the Science Guy, Interview

Posted on September 7, 2008  Comments (2)

Bill Nye the Science Guy Makes Green “Stuff Happen”

One of your first “Stuff Happens” episodes is about breakfast. What’s so special about breakfast and the environment?
Are you kidding? It’s the most important meal of the day. It had the iconic story that North American pigs – from where we get bacon – I presume unwillingly are fed feed made with South American anchovies (and herrings and sardines). Farmers say eating fish helps their animals grow to that wonderfully ample size consumers want. Because of this, we’re accidentally destroying an ecosystem. It’s the story of stories.

How so?
We’re seriously depleting the world’s anchovy population and leaving the penguins and South American seabirds with nothing to eat. These birds are dangerously close to starving because the anchovy and sardine populations have been decimated.

What can we do?
Strange as it may seem, you could eat more anchovies. This would raise the price of the fish and make anchovy fish feed more costly and less desirable to pig farmers. Also eat organic bacon from pigs raised on 100% agricultural feed. If you’re looking for the true organic meat products, make sure it’s grass-fed only.

Related: Pigs Instead of PesticidesInterview of Steve WozniakThe Engineer That Made Your Cat a PhotographerInterview with Donald Knuth

2 Responses to “Bill Nye the Science Guy, Interview”

  1. Anonymous
    September 7th, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

    Great post! Protecting the unique biodiversity of Antarctica is far more important than fattening up pigs for North American consumers. The starvation and consequential extinction of these species is bound to eventuate if action is not taken now to ensure the survival of their anchovy food source. Our actions can make a difference!

  2. Jesse
    September 9th, 2008 @ 8:56 am

    The point that you are trying to explain requires a joint effort. I mean lots and lots, almost all people are required to participate in this and i dont think that this will happen. But still i like the point he wants to explain.

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