In his June 9 New York Times op-ed piece "Sardines With Your Bagel?" Taras Grescoe, author of "Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood," states his case for passing on salmon, America's No. 2 fish in terms of per capita consumption. Unreasonably high king salmon prices, the unprecedented closure of the
But doing so only punishes well-managed salmon fisheries and environmentally responsible salmon farms.
Sure, king salmon prices were off the charts when the Copper River fishery unofficially kicked off
If king salmon is out of consumers' price range, there are four other Pacific salmon species to choose from, which Grescoe fails to adequately explain.
As unfortunate as the collapse of the
There's plenty of farmed Atlantic salmon to go around, too. But Grescoe deems the species an unhealthy alternative to wild salmon due to the use of the "pesticide" emamectin benzoate in salmon feed and an unsustainably high feed conversion ratio, among other reasons.
But the Salmon of the Americas trade organization - which harped on the Times' for its March 27 story "Salmon Virus Indicts Chile's Fishing Methods" - points out that emamectin benzoate is not a pesticide and is approved for use in the United States and that Grescoe's food conversion ratio (4 pounds of feed fish to produce 1 pound of salmon) is inaccurate.
Let's hope when they sat down with a cup of coffee to read Monday's edition that the Times' 1.1 million readers took Grescoe's misguided column, which was surely written to boost sales of his book, with a grain of salt.