Tommy the Fishmonger has spent years at sea, comes from a family of seafarers and has spent his entire life in and around the seafood industry. And, he has the eloquence and common sense to make a point and make it good. Here’s a post from his Facebook page regarding the feel good trend of organic eating and sustainability.
I don’t know what set him off, but the more I read, the bigger my smile gets. Here’s what he posted:
“Farm to table, Dock to Plate, Sustainable, backyard farming, All catchy little things we hear around town these days. How about Seafood fraud, mis-labeling, GMO foods, and all the rest of the bullshit that’s going on with our food. It’s a foodie trend, this farm to table band wagon, but what is even more of a trend is the dock to plate.
Now, I know not everyone lives next to the water, but I also know not everyone is serving FRESH SEAFOOD – nope. Fact is some are serving defrosted chemical treated crap from far away lands, and that’s ok, but tell your customers and get off the band wagon.
Selling Swordfish and saying Harpooned local when it’s not and you can tell when it goes by you in a restaurant by the wiff of frozen old fish, is just fraud. Yes, we all know Veggies grow in the dirt, somewhere on a farm, however does that make it farm to table, or does that make it something else? Organic?
We really need to start reading what we are putting into our bodies, better yet what we are feeding our kids. In the world of Social Media, it seems that most of us, (yes, me as well) want to post up pretty photos of food and having a good time, all the while not really knowing what we are eating, covering it in a foam or fancy sauce and serving that shit up is all part of the game.
Not everyone is doing it right, look for the right source, became friends with them, ask questions, and get ready its about time to start calling out a few…”
Nailed it. If you’re looking for a hero, Tommy the Fishmonger might be your guy. Cheers, my friends!