The last book I read to Miss L each night right now is “Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish.” It’s a very simple board book that we read through, and it usually ends reading time with a smile because it features her favorite animal, the octopus. She loves obviously inherited the love of sea life from me (and her Dad), as she loves aquariums both big and small.
[image: Debra Ziss, 2008]
Now, I don’t talk a lot about what food philosophies we practice, because, well… we don’t really live by any tried and true rules when it comes to food other than eating food that is good. But there’s one rule that I try really hard to implement, especially because it’s so tough when I indulge in my favorite food (aka. sushi): only eat sustainable fish.
This food rule is pretty simple and easy to understand. We want biodiversity in our oceans. We don’t want to overfish any populations. And we don’t want consumer demand to outweigh environmental choices when it’s so simple to just stop buying fish on the “AVOID” lists. And the thought of ruining our oceans anymore makes me sad enough to skip the indulgence in the fatty goodness that is toro. Oh wait, the price of toro helps with that too… but nevertheless…
I know I’ve pointed it out before, but the Monterey Bay Aquarium provides regional seafood pocket guides for the entire country, along with a universal sushi guide, that you can download and print out… or you can download the app to your iphone/Android device (I cheat and use mobile.seafoodwatch.org when I’m shopping/eating).
I’m so not perfect at this in any way shape or form at this, just someone who is trying to be more conscious and aware, but a recent report from Greenpeace shared how supermarkets rank in sustainable fish practices. I was happy to see that our neighborhood market (Nugget) got a high ranking, and super happy to see that another local market has the best rating in California/USA (Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op). And would you have thought that Target and Safeway beat out Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s? Sometimes the big supermarkets aren’t the evil minions of the world!
OK, so where was this all going? Basically I just wanted you to know that this is a really easy food rule to practice and implement if you want to do it. Eliminate the “AVOID” fishies from your diet and mind (just pretend they don’t exist!!! I do it with watermelon and honeydew all the time due to my allergies!) and help spread the word to friends/markets/chefs/fishmongers to forget about them too! Don’t buy them, don’t order them at a restaurant, and see if you can help them disappear from the menu and the seafood counters in your area!
I want Miss L to have an ocean that’s better than ours…