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Four Fish by Paul Greenberg
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Jul 25, 2011

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bookshelves: food, environmentalism, animals

Ichthyophiles beware, this book is a bit of a downer. Sure, you've heard of overfishing, but you can't possibly be part of the problem, right? Well, fish is a food just as fraught with environmental-moral quandaries as anything to be found on land. Greenberg gives an overview of the modern problems of fish through four representative (and delicious!!) species, and the biology of the fish and their oft-attempted domestication is pretty fascinating stuff. As for the question of changing the world, man, it's going to be hard, and he doesn't seem to put much faith in individualistic purchase-power protests, instead insisting we've really got to lobby our governments to get more consistent protections for fish before their stocks are below retrievable levels. In any case, you're probably going to think twice about ordering that Toro.

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