Title: Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
Author: Paul Greenberg
Publisher: Penguin Group, July 2010
Summary: The title refers to four types of fish popular for consumption: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. I found this book to be very well-written and researched. The author did not cop a “wholier than thou” attitude about whether you should or should not eat fish and was very much aware that his attitude may not be shared.
He made some very interesting observations about fish and the ocean providing wild food (and fish as wildlife, much as wolves, elephants, dolphins and whales are now considered wildlife), and not just exploitable beings. One of the most thought-provoking themes was the farming of fish, the commercial breeding of fish to bring out specific characteristics for human consumption and production, and the “necessity” of maximizing the protein potential of the sea’s creatures for human nutrition since land-based animals produced for food are rapidly approaching their maximum land-based potential.
The author made very clear statements about the ocean ecology as a whole, not just as it applies to catching and eating fish. He also approaches all of his discussions with the attitude of someone who grew up fishing and enjoys fishing both for sport and the food it can produce.
Who will like this book? Foodies, conservationists and some sports-minded people.
Recommended by: Mark Z., Guest Reviewer