Meatless in Miami: Pescatarianism Is Getting Fishy
In my teens I regret to say that I discovered sashimi and had a fling with that for a while. However, before long the feeling returned that it just wasn't right to eat "anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he or she could" (James Cromwell) so I ditched the pesca- prefix* for good and haven't looked back.
There is another side to this, though. Whereas before it was the gasping, floundering flounder that pushed the stop button, these days my aversion to seafood is far more influenced by the devastating overfishing and pollution occurring right now in our only ocean.
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If that hasn't hit it home, perhaps try this article about the collapse of the Chilean salmon industry, and how your so-fresh-and-so-clean-sounding farmed salmon is now itching with pesticide-resistant sea lice. Likewise if things don't change ASAP the breeding population of bluefin tuna will be nonexistent 3 years from now. Lastly, look what happened to Jeremy Piven. Jokes aside, if they're telling pregnant women not to eat certain foods, clearly they aren't the best things you could be putting in your body.
It's a tired old saying by now, but there is hope. It means making small changes now so that future generations will have bountiful oceans, and hopefully make smarter and less gluttonous choice than we have. To the all-around meat-eaters and to the pescatarians who are reluctant to cut the ceviche, now is the time to at the very least reduce. Of course, everyone who is removing animal products from their diet deserves serious kudos, but a vegetarian diet is far more sustainable ecologically and the ocean will start to regain some of it's depleted biomass if we stop taking things out of it. I promise that life goes on and that the veggie options at sushi places are healthy, yummy and filling (try heaps of edamame, avocado sushi and veggie rolls with or without cream cheese). Lord knows which finned friend I might've eaten into extinction if I'd stayed on my sashimi streak.
*If one eats fish and no other animals, they are a pescatarian, not a vegetarian. Fish are not vegetables.
For more information of meat-free eating in Miami, visit Lolo's blog meatlessmiami.com or via Twitter at twitter.com/meatlessinmiami.