Monday, March 30, 2009

Fish thoughts and Seedlings

After my last post about fish tacos, a friend emailed me this link and said that halibut was on the bad list: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_regional.aspx?region_id=2

This is another guide which includes common sushi fish: http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=1521

Fish brings up many questions: on one hand we're told it is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, but on the other hand, a lot of fish contain high levels of mercury. Also, do you go with farm-raised or wild-caught? Farm-raised seems good on the surface, but I have heard a lot about how the farms are very polluting and because the fish are eating meal rather than smaller fish or plankton, or other sea life, they are not as healthy, not as good for us, bad for the environment, and even have to have color added to look normal, in the case of salmon. Yuck.

I read a study, which I cannot find now, so don't quote me on it, that said that the benefits of eating even mercury-laden fish outweigh the detriments to pregnant women. That's says a lot.

I won't pretend to be an expert on this. There is a great Boston-based blog that not only talks a lot about fish in general, but talks specifically about the mercury issue. Check it out, but promise to come back to us!

http://beyondsalmon.blogspot.com/2006/02/mercury-in-fish.html

Long story short, I don't have an answer. I personally try to avoid the bad fish as much as possible but don't deny myself the occasional treat. I look for wild-caught if possible. I look for local if possible. If someone has guidance beyond these simple steps, I would love to hear about it. It's a sad commentary on our world that we are ruining one of the best food sources we have.

And now, a seedling update: my seedlings have taken over my husband's desk (there are advantages and disadvantages to getting the sunny desk); the tomatoes are between 2 and 3 inches tall and the peppers about a 1/2 inch. The eggplant and sunberries are just peeking out of the soil.

1 comment:

Cooking the Seasons said...

I thought that the problem with farm-raised fish were PCBs, which I think are bad for people and plants and animals, but I'm not sure at all where I heard this.