Is anyone buying Copper River salmon?" asks Rebekah Denn, over at devouring Seattle. Umm...not so much. High prices are hurting sales of Copper River salmon and fatigue over salmon-hype may also be undermining the rush to buy.
Here in Seattle, it's becomming popular to question the special status of Copper River salmon. Retailers are stocking the fish, but questioning whether it's more about hype or actual quality.
Now that writer Taras Grescoe has sworn off salmon, both farmed AND WILD, it's time to ask: Is the shine is coming off of salmon?
We're seeing more and more people take a stand and say no to salmon, even when it means saying no to a demanding child who wants salmon (not a fun time to say "no"). Wild or farmed, there are legitimate concerns that have raised questions and motivated some people to say no to salmon. Contamination to disease risks, and overfishing to salmon declines to higher prices, it's common to hear cautions about enjoying your salmon dinner. Add in the carbon footprint of shipping salmon by air, and we just may be seeing the beginning of a backlash against salmon.
It's too bad, because salmon is good food and I won't be saying no. Even considering all the issues of concern, there are better ways to support sustainability than "just say no" to salmon. More on this later, as blogfish butchers a sacred cow of environmentalism, the cult of no.