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The Wall Street Journal This is Mr. Greenberg's ultimate goal--to get us to eat the seafood from our nation's bounty. He points to the remarkable fact that, "while 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat is foreign, a third of the seafood Americans catch gets sold to foreigners." In addition, he points out, "Americans now harvest our best, most nutritious fish in our best-managed Alaskan fisheries and send those fish over to Asia. In exchange, we are importing fish farmed in Asia, with little of the brain-building compounds fish eaters are seeking when they eat fish."
About the Author
Paul Greenberg is the author of the James Beard Award–winning bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and a regular contributor to the New York Times. He has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered and has lectured widely on ocean issues at institutions ranging from Google to Yale to the U.S. Senate. He is currently a Pew fellow in Marine Conservation and a fellow with the Blue Ocean Institute.
Greenberg takes us along on his adventures researching American oysters, shrimp and salmon. We learn what's gone wrong, but we also learn a few things that are going right. I'm hoping the latest food movements and Greenberg's voice inspires Americans to expand their palates beyond chicken and eat local seafood. I was most intrigued by the Louisiana shrimpers who are posting their days' catch online. By the time they reach the docks the customers are lined up. It eliminates the middlemen, which increases their profits, and encourages the community to eat local seafood. I would love to see this happening here on Florida's Gulf Coast. Hey Paul Greenberg, thanks for an inspiring read, and come fish with us!
The reader (or listener if you get this audio book) will learn more than the title implies. The author weaves research and history into a compelling narrative. My friends who hear me describe it have gotten copies of the book and cannot put it down. Paul Greenberg went to the places he writes about to thoroughly investigate his subject. He his an accomplished storyteller. I am recommending this to all people who want to know more about how our seafood market works and how much we have lost. I will add that Greenberg reassures us with an optimistic tone as he provides solutions. If I could rate this book more than 5 stars I would.
I purchased this book as required reading for my master's degree in marine biodiversity and conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I've absolutely loved Greenberg's combination of cultural history, past and present policies and current events surrounding American fisheries. He gives a lot of insight into conservation efforts of non-profit organizations and passionate individuals. Well-written and hard to put down.
Not as gripping as Four Fish, and Greenberg spends a considerable amount of time meandering away from what I thought was the main discussion of the book: the conservation of fish species for the sake of sustainable American fisheries. There were many places where I thought more research could've been used. All in all, it was a quick and interesting read.
This is not only an eye opening history of the rise and demise of our American seafood & fish but an urge to action! If you're turning your nose up at wild caught salmon and buying cheap and tasteless tilapia and/or passing our wild Gulf shrimp over for Asian farmed shrimp, READ THIS BOOK FOR A NECESSARY ENLIGHTENMENT. Not a boring or whiney paragraph in this book. Engaging and intelligent!