Increasingly, I encounter people who tell me that they want to eat more sustainably and are, therefore, eschewing meat (by which they mean landbased animals) in favour of seafood (which, in this scenario is — curiously — not classified as meat).
It’s pretty weird, because a pescatarian diet may just be the least sustainable way of eating on the planet. The stats around the rapid decline in marine life are so freaky, so doomsday, you’d think we’d all cut seafood-eating down to the minimum, and save it for a very special dinner once a month or so. But we’re human, so that’s not what’s happening.
In fact, for most of us, this is all happening on another planet. We’re against plastic pollution in the sea; we’re against oil spills. But the truth is that most everyday fishing practice is no less harmful to the marine world.