“As long as people want to eat bluefin tuna, someone will fish it for them.”
Taking into account the complexity of the issue, Slow Food believes that the best course of action for consumers is to get closer to the origins of food, searching for pleasure. This pleasure of taste means finding new recipes and rediscovering the different, forgotten flavors that the global market tends to obliterate, and also the very particular pleasure that comes from awareness and respect for what we eat.
We try to meet fishing communities, who are often closer than one might think. We collect information about responsible fishing practices; the resources of streams and rivers, lakes and seas; the reproductive and migratory cycles of familiar and unfamiliar fish; and the food habits of previous generations. All these things are part of our history and our identity.
It is only by finding inspiration in this model that we can have the power to change things. Step by step, putting our curiosity and our pleasure in the service of responsible choices that start with the (re)discovery of local resources, we can contribute to reversing current trends and constructing a better future, even if that means eating less fish, or at least less “commercial” fish, much as we should be eating less meat.
Whether you are already motivated or just want to try out a new direction, this section will provide you with some useful advice.