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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,613 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Greenberg Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Just three decades ago, nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today, rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace. We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children's children will never eat a wild fish that has swum freely in the sea.

In Four Fish, award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus - salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna - and investigating where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian megafarms that use genetic techniques once pioneered on sheep to grow millions of pounds of salmon a year. He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to see the only Fair Trade - certified fishing company in the world. He makes clear how PCBs and mercury find their way into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went global; challenges the author of Cod to taste the difference between a farmed and a wild cod; and almost sinks to the bottom of the South Pacific while searching for an alternative to endangered bluefin tuna.

Fish, Greenberg reveals, are the last truly wild food - for now. By examining the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he shows how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/19/2014

    " "To most people an animal is either food or wildlife. If a fish ends up in the market, humans will come to the obvious conclusion that it is food; they will then choose to eat it, even if they are warned that the fish is endangered or contaminated with mercury." p. 226 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sueper | 2/2/2014

    " A great book for anyone who likes to eat or catch fish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 1/22/2014

    " Ichthyophiles beware, this book is a bit of a downer. Sure, you've heard of overfishing, but you can't possibly be part of the problem, right? Well, fish is a food just as fraught with environmental-moral quandaries as anything to be found on land. Greenberg gives an overview of the modern problems of fish through four representative (and delicious!!) species, and the biology of the fish and their oft-attempted domestication is pretty fascinating stuff. As for the question of changing the world, man, it's going to be hard, and he doesn't seem to put much faith in individualistic purchase-power protests, instead insisting we've really got to lobby our governments to get more consistent protections for fish before their stocks are below retrievable levels. In any case, you're probably going to think twice about ordering that Toro. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maggie | 1/13/2014

    " An important topic, an important book... all the more so because Greenberg writes about fish the way some people write about tragic romances. A must-read. "

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