American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood by Paul Greenberg PDF

By Paul Greenberg

ISBN-10: 0698163818

ISBN-13: 9780698163812

"A attention-grabbing dialogue of a multifaceted factor and a passionate name to action" —Kirkus

In American Catch, award-winning writer Paul Greenberg takes an identical abilities that received him acclaim in 4 Fish to discover the tragic unraveling of the nation's seafood supply—telling the marvelous tale of why americans stopped consuming from their very own waters.

In 2005, the U.S. imported 5 billion kilos of seafood, approximately double what we imported 20 years past. Bizarrely, in the course of that very same interval, our seafood exports quadrupled. American capture examines manhattan oysters, Gulf shrimp, and Alaskan salmon to bare the way it got here to be that ninety one percentage of the seafood american citizens devour is foreign.

within the Nineteen Twenties, the typical New Yorker ate 600 neighborhood oysters a 12 months. this present day, the one fit to be eaten oysters lie outdoor urban limits. Following the path of environmental desecration, Greenberg involves view the hot York urban oyster as a reminder of what's misplaced whilst neighborhood waters will not be valued as a foodstuff source.

Farther south, a unique disaster threatens one other seafood-rich setting. while Greenberg visits the Gulf of Mexico, he arrives watching for to profit of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's lingering results on shrimpers, yet as an alternative reveals that the extra instant danger to company comes from out of the country. Asian-farmed shrimp—cheap, plentiful, and an ideal car for the frying and sauces americans love—have flooded the yank marketplace.

Finally, Greenberg visits Bristol Bay, Alaska, domestic to the most important wild sockeye salmon run left on this planet. A pristine, effective fishery, Bristol Bay is now at nice danger: The proposed Pebble Mine venture might under¬mine the very spawning grounds that make this nice run attainable. In his seek to find why this pre¬cious renewable source isn't greater secure, Green¬berg encounters a stunning fact: the good majority of Alaskan salmon is shipped in a foreign country, a lot of it to Asia. Sockeye salmon is likely one of the so much nutritionally dense animal proteins on the earth, but americans are transport it abroad.

regardless of the demanding situations, wish abounds. In ny, Greenberg connects an oyster recovery venture with a imaginative and prescient for the way the bivalves could store the town from emerging tides. within the Gulf, shrimpers band jointly to provide neighborhood seize direct to shoppers. And in Bristol Bay, fishermen, environmentalists, and native Alaskans assemble to roadblock Pebble Mine. With American Catch, Paul Greenberg proposes the way to holiday the present harmful styles of intake and go back American trap again to American eaters.

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Principles o f categorization o f plants and animais in traditional societies. Princeton, Princeton University Press, p. 8. 42 Ibid. 43 Scott Atran, 1990. Cognitive foundations ofnatural history. Towards an anthropology o f science. Cambridge - Paris, Cambridge University Press - Éditions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. 47 la biologie moderne a mis en évidence ; quant à l’universalité du sens commun, elle serait garantie soit par une aptitude innée des humains à distinguer les « espèces naturelles » (natural kind) de tous les autres percepts, soit par une tendance de l’esprit à sélectionner comme représentations typiques, ou « prototypes naturels », certains membres d’un taxon biologique réputés constituer le foyer d’une catégorie en raison de leur saillance per­ ceptive44.

Autrement dit, nous n’envisageons pas les civilisations non occidentales, ou même l’Occident prémodeme, comme des systèmes complets de conceptualisation du monde alternatifs au nôtre, mais comme des manières plus ou moins exotiques de rendre compte de l’état du monde que notre propre système de conceptualisation a établi25. Faire du dualisme moderne le ga­ barit de tous les états du monde a donc conduit l’anthropologie à cette forme particulière d’eurocentrisme savant qui consiste à croire, non pas que les réalités que les humains objectivent sont partout identiques, mais que notre manière à nous de les objectiver est universellement partagée.

Fidèle à la tradition durkheimienne, celle-ci différencie encore les propriétés objectives de la nature, l’usage classificatoire et moral qui en est fait par la culture, et l’effet en retour des catégories sociales sur la construction des représen­ tations de l’environnement non humain34. Sahlins, quant à lui, s’inscrit autant dans la tradition du culturalisme nord-américain que dans le droit fil des écrits de jeunesse de Marx lorsqu’il récu­ se la possibilité d’appréhender la nature comme une chose en soi sur laquelle des valeurs sociales seraient projetées a posteriori et qu’il concède à la seule fonction symbolique le pouvoir de faire advenir le monde physique à une réalité représentable et exploi­ table par les humains.

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