The most sustainable seafood for your pescatarian diet 🐟
so I afford it with different forms of
vegetarianism before you know veganism
meat only when traveling…
yeah… I think I probably try it once every six months and then…
it never works out.
But pescatarian somehow it seemed like
a good compromise that could actually
I mean, Ariana Grande tried it for at
least nine days in 2010.
And she and I have a lot of things in common.
I also have a hit single titled Pete Davidson.
And the appeal of this compromise isn’t
just that I could theoretically eat
shrimp for every meal. it’s also because
fish are an energy efficient form of
protein. So that’s why I thought going
pescatarian would be a good
But then, I started to
ask some questions about it.
[Eve to experts] if someone told you that they were
trying to go pescatarian for the climate,
what would you tell them?
I tell them it’s gonna be confusing.
I mean I think after a year
they may just quit it
and go eat chicken.
It turns out
deciphering the environmental argument
for eating our aquatic friends is really
complicated – there’s carbon footprint,
biodiversity impact, whether certain
populations are overfished…
Now, most of
the richer countries of the world are
managing their fisheries pretty well. Big
problem areas are largely the Global
South, particularly Southeast Asia where
they really don’t have particularly
effective management at the moment the
small scale fisheries are really
important for low and middle income
where it could be important to support
when it’s being done sustainably. So from
a labor and equity perspective, it’s
important to support sustainable fish
farms in developing countries. Another
important thing to remember is that Ray
says that any seafood that traveled on a
plane is gonna have a bonkers carbon footprint.
If it goes on airplane, it’s got
a terrible carbon footprint. Whereas, if
you get frozen salmon even if they’ve
been to China for reprocessing, the carbon
footprint’s really low – because they go by
Shrimp usually look very bad, okay?
if they’re wild shrimp – it takes a lot of
fuel to catch ’em.
Look, I get it, the shrimp have problems!
does tend to have a smaller carbon
footprint, but it obviously has some
drawbacks – like antibiotics overuse that
really harms the ecosystems around them.
And, the biodiversity impact of farmed fish
really depends on what they’re fed. Like
is it seaweed? Or is it other small fish?
So there’s no truly perfect way to eat
seafood with the planet in mind. But,
experts can agree on a few ground rules.
Ray: if you wanted to minimize your carbon
footprint and still eat a healthy diet,
it would consist of small fishes like
sardines, herrings, mackerel, farmed shellfish
like mussels and oysters, scallops,
prawns that are farmed. You
can’t eat fish all the time, whether
farmed or wild, need to be to the edge of
the plate and seaweeds and shellfish in
the center. Other crops, particularly –
potatoes always look good
and I love potatoes.
But it would it
would definitely be a pescatarian diet
That’s our money line right there.
So it is possible to be a pescatarian for the planet.
And the motto is, mollusks are
mighty, feeder fish are fine, and big fish
are big treats…
and never forget to eat your plants!