Four Fish by Paul Greenberg
The Future of the Last Wild Food

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Greenberg concludes with several sensible and achievable recommendations as starting points to protect the world’s fisheries.
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Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Whereas just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild, rampant overfishing combined with an unprecedented bio-tech revolution has brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace. We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children's children will never eat a wild fish that has swum freely in the sea. In Four Fish, award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus---salmon, sea bass, cod and tuna-and examining where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian mega farms that use genetic techniques once pioneered on sheep to grow millions of pounds of salmon a year. He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to see the only Fair Trade certified fishing company in the world. He investigates the way PCBs and mercury find their way into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went global; Challenges the author of Cod to taste the difference between a farmed and a wild cod; and almost sinks to the bottom of the South Pacific while searching for an alternative to endangered bluefin tuna. Fish, Greenberg reveals, are the last truly wild food - for now. By examining the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he shows how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.

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Paul Greenberg's seafood writing has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, GQ, and many other publications. His 2005 New York Times Magazine article on Chilean sea bass received the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Award for excellence in food journalism, and he has received both a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a Food and Society Policy Fellowship.
Published July 8, 2010 by Penguin Books. 296 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Cooking, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Richard Sherbaniuk on Oct 19 2010

Greenberg concludes with several sensible and achievable recommendations as starting points to protect the world’s fisheries.

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Sean Wycliffe 17 Feb 2013

pretty good, read the salmon chapter so far

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