The Perfect Protein: The Fish Lover's Guide to Saving the Oceans and Feeding the Worldby Andy Sharpless, Suzannah Evans, Bill Clinton
The planet will be home to more than 9 billion people by 2050, and we’re already seeing critical levels of famine around the world mirrored by growing obesity in developed nations. In The Perfect Protein, Andy Sharpless maintains that protecting wild seafood can help combat both issues, because seafood is the healthiest, cheapest, most environmentally/i>… See more details below
The planet will be home to more than 9 billion people by 2050, and we’re already seeing critical levels of famine around the world mirrored by growing obesity in developed nations. In The Perfect Protein, Andy Sharpless maintains that protecting wild seafood can help combat both issues, because seafood is the healthiest, cheapest, most environmentally friendly source of protein on earth. While the conservation community has taken a simplistic, save-the-whales approach when it comes to oceans, Sharpless contends that we must save the world’s seafood not just to protect marine life and biodiversity but to stave off the coming humanitarian crisis.
With high demand for predator species like tuna and salmon, wealthy nations like the U.S. convert “reduction” species such as anchovies, mackerel, and sardines into feed for salmon and other farmed animals—even though these overlooked fish are pakcked with health-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids and could feed millions. By establishing science-based quotos, protecting wild habitats, and reducing bycatch (and treating anchovies and their like as food, not feed), Sharpless believes that effective ocean stewardship can put healthy, sustainable seafood on the table forever. To that end, Oceana has tapped 20-plus chefs, including Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, and Jose Andres for recipes that give us all a role to play in this revolutionary mission: to save the fish so that we can eat more fish.
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The perfect protein by: Andy Sharpless and Suzannah Evans A great discussion of what we can do to have a more sustainable planet. The Perfect Protein guides the reader from the peak times of the eighties to modern fisheries practices that could preserve biodiversity. Andy and Suzannah introduce us to some chefs who are making a difference through plating sustainable best practice fish. It kicks off with a foreword by Bill Clinton in which he discusses some of the legislative and policy success that has been achieved for biodiversity and the protection of fisheries. We learn the importance of omega 3 and seafood as the building blocks of healthy human development. Also there is a discussion of the environmental impact of human development and the effects we will make on our oceans as the population reaches 8 billion. From boom to bust the early explorers records of early catches and species extinctions through to the modern catch limits to protect the renewable resource. The perfect protein teaches the reader about human intervention and species collapse. By eating smaller species like anchovies, shellfish and squid we let the big five of the ocean to recover. This will be imperative to properly manage biodiversity. This is not just something that we can do to demand a more sustainable basket of goods for our households. We must also inquire with our grocer as to the methods used to catch our fish. Eat wild seafood. Not too much of the big fish. Mostly local.