(cross-posted at UN Dispatch)
It’s official: curvy cucumbers (not to mention “forky carrots” and “bendy beans”), previously on the cutting board chopping block, are acceptable fare in European supermarkets. The British Foreign Secretary celebrates.
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I don’t eat fish nearly as often as I would like, largely because it is so expensive. One of the few fish that I can often afford is tilapia. According to NYT food columnist — and self-avowed “wild-fish snob” — Mark Bittman, though, that is not a very good choice.
Farm-raised tilapia, with the best feed-to-flesh conversion ratio of any animal, is less desirable to many consumers, myself included, than that nearly perfectly blank canvas called tofu. It seems unlikely that farm-raised striped bass will ever taste remotely like its fierce, graceful progenitor, or that anyone who’s had fresh Alaskan sockeye can take farmed salmon seriously.
Well…I actually do like tofu, and I’m not sure if Alaskan sockeye is a type of fish or a term for a Sarah Palin punch in the face, but I certainly would eat anything that is both “fierce” and “graceful.”
More seriously, Bittman tells an alarming story of the ravages of industrial fish farming, a system that amounts to, in his words, “sucking all the fish out of the oceans while raising crops of tasteless fish available only to the wealthiest consumers.” If I’d known that industrial fish farmers were depriving me of fresh, delicious, and inexpensive fish, I might want to belt out a few Alaskan sockeyes myself.
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