Fish is healthy. It's light, quick-cooking, versatile, and filled with beneficial fatty acids. It's good for our hearts and good for our brains. It's also delicious.
But I need to ration my 8-year-old's favorite tuna sandwiches due to mercury concerns. And I'll no longer buy shrimp from my local Safeway because it's all farmed, and from half a world away. I've even started peppering the fish purveyor at my Sunday farmers' market with questions -- where's it from? is it wild or farmed? how was it caught? I can feel the people in line behind me grow impatient, but I stand there nonetheless, asking, asking, asking.
Why? Because I want to do the right thing, and doing the right thing when it comes to buying seafood has become more and more complicated. At my colleague Clare's suggestion, I've begun reading Taras Grescoe's Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood, a fascinating exploration of one fish-lover's determination to learn as much as he can about our oceans and the food it provides.
But wait, there's more. Today I'm off to Monterey, where I'll be attending the Sustainable Foods Institute, a multiday affair for media that culminates in the annual Cooking For Solutions celebration. I'll be learning about sustainability both on land and in the sea from a variety of aquaculture and farming experts, journalists, and chefs.
And I'll let you know what I find out.
If you have any specific questions about fish or fish-purchasing, now's the time to ask.