7.21.2010

wild fish?


Yesterday I was happy to catch NPR's Terri Gross on Fresh Air talking to Paul Greenberg about the future of Wild Fish. It was a very informative program and while much of it is alarming, I wanted to make sure to share the information that Mr. Greenberg had to offer us on the program. Among other things he talks about Farmed Salmon vs. Wild Salmon, if this is a concern to you this program is something for you to listen to - it's encouraging, at least a bit.

Mr. Greenberg says "Fish were different 35-odd years ago, when I was a kid, and I would often visit fish markets no matter where I was," he explains to Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "By and large, what we would see would be entirely wild fish. Forty-odd years ago, everything we ate from the sea was wild. Pretty much everything. Today almost half of what we eat is farmed. So it's a huge, huge shift."

The story will give you a new outlook on your total fish consumption. Mr. Greenbergs big message, or at least what I took away from this, is that let's eat more vegetables, daily, and save the fish for a couple of times a week! We can't continue to eat it every day and expect the population to continue to grow, that just can't happen. He suggests, and this should not be new to you, that we should be eating more Herring, Mackerel, Anchovies and Sardines in this country. We should start to consider these as the four fish in our diet.

Then finally, Mr. Greenberg gives us an overview on what we have in store for us as far as fish are concerned after the oil spill in the Gulf region. It's not now that we should be worried about, in two to three years down the road, when the fish that were supposed to spawn this summer have NOT and so in 2011-2013 there will be trouble. It also has a lot to do not with the oil but the dispersant.

The interview is extremely enlightenting and he speaks in a very open and intelligent way on all issues of farming and eating fish, he will answer most of your concerns and then help you to ask yourself new questions as far as how you want to feed your family fish in the future. He is optimistic as to the future of fish and fishing, but I think it also comes with a lot of responsibility on our part to make the right choices. SHOW your kids that eating Sardines is delicious, order them the next time you are in a nice restaurant (believe me they are on the menu most of the time and if they aren't ask for them!) and start the conversation of eating fish that is better for the future of the fish.


Four Fish: the Future of the Last Wild Food - by Paul Greenberg


Listen to the interview by clicking here on NPR
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4 comments:

Carmen Eva said...

Hello, I read your blog frecuently and i think is so good all your green information, but now, about the salmon, here in my country this is a huge theme, you have to know about to all the destruction of the salmoneras (salmon farms) here in Chile, this is a big big problem here, and all this contaminaton demage to the habitat for the free salmons....and yes, the sardines are so so good and a helth food for our kids

lizelle said...

Yes I found the interview fascinating as well as very informative. We do our best to stick with wild but will sometimes buy smaller fish (sardines, smelt) that are not. One of the many a-ha moments was hearing about what farmed fish are eating - north vs. south fish sources make a huge difference, south being preferred at this time. Thanks for posting!

Becky said...

I live in a Gulf state, but not on the gulf. Every time I pass my grocery seafood counter I am so sad. Before the oil volcano it was always full of fresh gulf fish, shrimp, and crabs. Now, they only have previously frozen, farm raised, imported weirdness. I haven't purchased any of that and I probably won't. I pass the counter and wonder - how long until....

Gee said...

Very good article, thanks, I eat perhaps fish twice a month and live vegan for the rest. I read someone that eating sardines is very good for restoration of our DNA.