Fishing for Seafood Truth (May 11, 2005)
The Beyond Organic Radio Show

Fishing for Seafood Truth

America’s appetite for seafood reached an all-time high – but at what cost to the oceans? And at what cost to our own personal health?

From supermarkets to restaurants, Americans ate a record 16.3 pounds of fish and shellfish per person in 2003, up from 15.6 pounds in 2002.

But while consumption is increasing, the world's catch leveled off at just over 82 million metric tons of fish per year in 1989, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium - and sending more boats won't help us catch more fish.

And while American’s increasing turn to seafood as a healthier alternative of protein, following a typical fish from its watery habitat to our plate can uncover a story of habitat destruction, water resource pollution and contamination as dark any other meat.

This Wednesday, join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network ( as we learn about destructive fishing methods, how the USDA’s food pyramid is steering the public wrong, and explore how sustainable sea food choices are made by one large food service company.

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