So I’m having a lady friend over for dinner tonight, and with the goals of something fresh, delicious, and healthy (I’ll save the burgers for date night with Max), sushi was a natural option. We usually get some sushi-grade salmon from the poisonnerie at Atwater Market. They’re nice and efficient, and it doesn’t break the bank for a delicious piece of fish. I’m pretty sure it isn’t sustainable though, and I have a lot of trouble closing off my brain (to the fact that I’m eating something that is contributing to major harm in the oceans) while opening my mouth.
I did a quick search for fishmongers with sustainable options and came across this surprisingly comprehensive article from the Montreal Poutine blog. Here’s a quote from the author I just had to share:
Sorry to all lovers of SushiShop or your neighbourhood all-you-can-eat, but that stuff is killing the oceans. An all-you-can-eat sushi dinner shouldn’t be taken as a personal challenge to stuff as much unsustainable fish into yourself before it disappears forever.
Which some may say is harsh, but perhaps that’s the reality of my shopping choices. It brought a completely new gravity to the verse when Paul says, “Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things” (Philippians 3:19). Do I let my stomach direct my conscience, even though I know it’s destructive? Do I make excuses saying it’s way too pricey to buy organic when I spend the same amount on disposable clothing?
I think we have such a genius Creator, who made innumerable species to coexist in complex ecosystems. When I eat, I want to celebrate that, not indirectly destroy it. I’m glad this admonition is coming right before we head to Toronto and France. Here’s to hoping I’ll be able to stick to my guns!
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That infographic is from the beautiful book, Oceana from Ted Danson. It is a wonderful read, no guilt trips, only inspiration.