Shifting Baselines

In his New York Times article, A Seafood Snob Ponders the Future of Fish, Mark Bittman laments the bygone days of “fishermen unloading boxes of flounder at the funky Fulton Fish Market” and seems annoyed at the fact most most fish on the menus these days are farmed. He should be. For one, the fishmeal industry is horrendous. For two, seafood is one of the last wild food sources we eat with any regularity aside from mushrooms. Bittman remains optimistic about the future for fish and adamant about his stance on the farmed vs. wild debate; he would “rather eat wild cod once a month and sardines once a week than farm-raised salmon, ever.” To hear my own take on the domestication issue, listen to this radio piece on pollock (13:40 onward) at CBC’s The Point from a couple weeks ago…