America's appetite for seafood reached an all-time high -- but at what cost to the oceans? And at what cost to our own personal health?
America's appetite for seafood reached an all-time high --but at what cost to the oceans? And at what cost to our own personal health?
From supermarkets to restaurants, Americans ate a record 16.3 pounds of fish and shellfish per person in 2003, up from 15.6 pounds in 2002.
But while consumption is increasing, the world's catch leveled off at just over 82 million metric tons of fish per year in 1989, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in 1989 -- sending more boats won't help us catch more fish.
And while Americans' increasing turn to seafood as a healthier alternative source of protein, following a typical fish from its watery habitat to our plate can uncover a story of habitat destruction, water resource pollution and contamination as dark any other meat.
This Wednesday, join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network as we learn about destructive fishing methods, how the USDA's food pyramid is steering the public wrong, and explore how sustainable sea food choices are made by one large food service company.
The Beyond Organic radio show broadcasts every Wednesday at 10 a.m. (PST). For information on this week's guests and to tune in, visit www.BeyondOrganic.com. You can also listen at www.iciclenetworks.com and www.wisdommedia.com.
Source: Icicle Networks