Hey there, PRK readers. Hopefully you’ve noticed our trend over the past several months of featuring guest contributors on a monthly basis. This past November Meryl LaTronica introduced both herself and her work as Farm Manager/CSA Director of Powisset Farm in Dover; Meryl’s been giving us a monthly window onto her amazing world ever since. In January PRK inaugurated the posts of Anastacia Marx de Salcedo of Slow Food Boston, learning from her the background of the Slow Food movement and, most recently, getting great tips on seed catalogs and planting strategies for home gardens. PRK is very excited today to introduce our newest monthly contributor, Ilene Bezahler, publisher and editor of Edible Boston. From hereon in, Ilene will hand-pick an article for feature from the current issue of the magazine and give us a taste of the ‘what’ and ‘why’ behind it. Today she’s talking fish. Enter, and welcome, Ilene…
Over the past four to five years, the world of food has made radical changes. No longer can we just pick up something to eat. We now stop to think, ask questions and, to be honest, end up confused and struggling about what to do.
It all started with produce, then shifted to the protein we eat. Just when we thought we were free and clear, seafood moved into the spotlight. The problem, which we at Edible Boston have named the “Pescavore’s Dilemma,” is much more complicated than that of produce or proteins. There are so many variables: the livelihood of the local fisherman, the actual health of the fish (mercury levels, etc.), the health of the fish stocks and the health of the world’s aquaculture.
Last year, Cape Ann was home to one of the country’s first fish CSA models, Cape Ann Fresh Catch (CAFC). In the following article from the Spring 2010 issue of Edible Boston, Roz Cummins reflects on both the positives and negatives of being a member of the CAFC, while trying to understand the issues behind sustainable seafood. As Roz quickly learned, there is no easy solution.