Finished with your Fish? Ethical Seafood

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Finished with your Fish? Ethical Seafood

 

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[url=http://thetyee.ca/Books/2008/05/15/FishEater/?utm_source=daily&utm_mediu... Book Review from the Tyee:[/url]

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When Taras Grescoe declares he will try anything on his voyage around the world in search of ethical seafood, he means it. He eats poisonous pufferfish, morally questionable shark fin soup, and potentially dangerous oysters during months without r's. He even samples fishmeal (yuck). After 18 months of eating his way up and down the marine food chain, Grescoe exits a bottom-feeder -- committed to consuming fish lower on the marine food web, with the exception of farmed shrimp (too toxic) and wild abalone (too rare).

His tome on the subject, Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood (Bloomsbury: 2008), will certainly whet any seafood lover's appetite. Grescoe relishes in coconut-soaked prawn curry, bouillabaisse made with saffron and Niзois wine, and Brittany sardines canned in olive oil. But the aim of Bottomfeeder is not only to tingle taste buds but also to stir the conscience.


I’m looking forward to reading this, and hopefully applying some of its lessons to my own diet. As an almost-vegetarian who hasn’t eaten a piece of chicken, steak, pork or the likes since I was 15, I’ve never quite been able to completely remove seafood from my diet. I stuck to shelled creatures for about a decade, and just recently started eating some varieties of fish, but I’m guilt-ridden about it.