Monday, April 20, 2009

Fish are Crops?

As you watch this report first shown on this evening’s NBC Nightly News, you learn that the dramatic plunge in the ocean’s fish population is only a problem because there are fewer fish for humans to kill and eat, that aquaculture (commercial fish farming)—done in an environmentally correct way—is the answer, and that fish are a crop!

“We only grow one crop of fish at a time on a farm, and we have crop rotation,” Nell Halse of Cooke Aquaculture proudly tells the reporter.

Drenched with speciesism and commodification, the report includes such phrases as “supply of fish,” “breeding,” and “grown domestically.” Clearly lacking is any mention of fish as individuals, or the very rational idea of no longer eating fish.

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