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Delicious Way to Sustainable Eating: Give Overlooked Fish New Names and Looks

Fish“Eating with a difference… ” It is a positive thought, not only for your body, but for the planet as well. Puzzled? Read on.

Many want to find out more about what they can do to help the planet recover from massive harvesting and exploitation. There are many ways to do that. Start with the way you eat. Because every human has to eat 2-3 full meals a day (or more), this can mean having a “planetful” of people (nearing the 8 billion-mark) contributing to saving the marine resources. This also means ensuring there will be more mouths to feed for more years.

How difficult is foregoing delicious seafood (snapper, grouper and such) sound? With creativity, you can give “trash fish” (low economic value catch) new names … try “delicious fish” for a change. To merit the name, dress them up in your kitchen! If cooking is something you love to do, and eating is anticipated with much gusto, your “noble” effort will not only be rewarded with something more than a palatable dish to grace your dining plate, but a happy palate and a pocket too! In return, you’ll be giving sustainable fishermen a much needed boost to their business, and you may not ask the question “Is eating seafood right?” again. [Read more…]

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Raw, Exotic, but Delicate Sashimi

SashimiTo the uninitiated, the thought of eating raw fish or meat is probably repulsive, but the world has shrunk into a global village, and an increasing number of people have learned to love sashimi. Many people think of sashimi as synonymous with sushi, but these are two different dishes that simply share raw fish or seafood as major ingredients. Japan Talk features “21 Types of Sashimi” as a beginner’s introduction to this simple Japanese delicacy.

Sashimi is thin sliced raw fish or meat. 

“At face value, it’s one of the world’s simplest foods. After all, it’s just sliced raw fish. Nothing is added. Soy sauce and wasabi may be included on the side but that’s it. Sashimi is a direct taste experience. Fish must be of the highest quality. There’s no hiding behind sauces and other distractions to your taste buds. 

“The simplicity of sashimi lends itself well to aesthetically pleasing dishes. A sashimi master must know his or her way around a fish. They must also have artistic sense. A sashimi dish without style is just lumps of raw fish. 

“Practically any fish or meat can be used in sashimi. Exotic varieties number in the hundreds. The following varieties of sashimi are the most common in Japan…”

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Safeguarding Public Health and Interest with QR Codes for Seafood

You willingly and unquestioningly let go of your hard-earned money when you buy food. You don’t mind if you pay a little bit more because you know that quality costs more; this you naively assume base on what the package labels say. Not so fast consumers! These days, you need to double check the labels. There could be certain information there that you didn’t read the first time. You are not being remiss; it is just that “food fraud” has become more rampant these days.

Unfortunately, food fraud has extended to seafood. You can be buying tuna and paying for the price for said fish, but you can actually be getting escolar instead of tuna. Across America, about one-third of fish samples tested by Oceana, a nonprofit organization advocating ocean protection, were seen to be mislabeled.  “For instance, 87 percent of fish sold as snapper was actually some other type of fish, and the USP found that monkfish was sometimes actually puffer fish, which can also cause poisoning.”

Thus, it is but logical that consumers seek ways to protect their rights. [Read more…]

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When Cultured Fish Tastes as Good as the Wild

The planet can only support so much number of mouths; this is the basic concept of “carrying capacity.” As the global population grows, food gets scarcer, especially the ones derived from natural sources. Early in human history, humans learned this lesson and so they learned how to “culture” food products in land and in the waters.

Fish is an important part of the human diet. Simply relying on fishing from the seas and inland waters is not enough.  A check on the current world population would show it has reached over 7 billion and it’s still growing. This is the basic premise that is fuelling the motivation to increase fish production through aquaculture.

Do not forget that eating fish is healthy. If you care for your health, read what Necia Wilden, a Food Editor in Melbourne, has to say about “Nine reasons to eat more fish” that is posted in The Australian – Executive Living. [Read more…]

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Is eating seafood right?

Enjoy your fish, a very healthy source of protein and a horde of nutrients, as you may not have them for long. Though renewable, marine fisheries are in danger of depletion faster than you can imagine! 

There is a very good reason why humans must control their population. Beyond a certain number, the planet can no longer support the population without causing any harmful impact on the environment. With the sharp increase in the size of human population worldwide, one can’t help but wonder how long this planet’s resources can last, that includes marine fisheries. [Read more…]

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