Sustainable Seafood for Us LandLubbers

November 11, 2010


I grew up near Oneida Lake, New York State’s largest inland lake. It is SO beautiful there. Besides going to the lake and swimming whenever I wanted, I also enjoyed fresh seafood from the lake. There is nothing like delicious fresh, local seafood, yum! But now that I live far away from any lake, seafood is very hard to come buy around here (unless I want that cheapo stuff from the local grocery store). I am becoming more and more aware that the foods available to us in the grocery stores are sub-par, the products of CAFOs– unsustainable farms and food factories– and some are from far-off places like China (where cleanliness and safety is questionable) and India. So I’ve been learning the ropes of finding local produce and meats, and looking for alternative modes of finding sustainable seafood.

Did you know that you can order frozen seafood online?!?! I had no idea until now. There’s a website that sells sustainable seafood and other products (like seaweed, edamame, etc). The New York Times and Mother Jones has mentioned them as a source for getting wholesome seafood from an environmentally-conscious business. The prices for the exotic stuff (sea urchin, sturgeon, Dungeness Crab, etc) are a little hefty, for my budget anyway. But the “middle class” fish (Tilapia, oysters, scallops, lobster tail, halibut, etc) is actually very affordable. The prices are the same as my local grocery store. Everything is shipped fresh to your door. Moreover, is dedicated to ensuring that the fish industry is not wiped out by industrialized farming. They will not sell fish that traditionally contain high levels of mercury (tuna, shark, etc). AND does not treat fish with carbon monoxide gas! I had never heard of such a thing , but apparently the FDA allows vendors to inject fish with the gas, to make them look fresher longer. This practice is banned in several other countries but remains “legal” in the U.S.

Anyway, check out the website for more information on sustainable fish– it’s healthier for you and healthier for the oceans. You can also read more about seafood, its healthy benefits, and the dangers of overfishing and mercury at Seafood on Wikipedia. Very eye-opening!

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