Should You Get Off the Hook? The Ethics of Eating Fish

Mark Bittman, the chef who made his name cooking fish, explains the problems

Monday, June 08, 2009

Food writer Mark Bittman's first book, "Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking," explored the glory of piscine cuisine. But when offered the opportunity to revise the book, he declined. Overnight shipping of loads of fish cargo, farm-raising and over-fishing have turned buying and eating fish into an ethical and ecological quagmire. Mark Bittman joins The Takeaway to explain his reasons for being more selective about which fish end up on his plate.


Mark Bittman


Melissa Locker

Comments [2]


Have you ever watched The Deadliest Catch? it's a very compelling TV show but it is really sad to see all of those crabs just stuffed in a hull of a ship and just the massiveness of how many those crabman take out of the sea.You know they are just doing there job but it sort of seems like it is too much.

Jun. 08 2009 10:01 AM
Danielle Stanley

I agree. I've always been revolted by those "SHRIMP--all you can eat!" placards in some eateries.

People over eat---EVERYTHING

Restaurant fish entrees serve enough for 2 if not 3 people. I always take half of my meal home for the next day.

If portions were reasonable, people and fish might be OK.

Jun. 08 2009 08:31 AM

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