At the Movies: (Fish) Food for Thought

Back in May, I featured three newly released food documentaries, just a taste of the cinematic smorgasbord on offer this summer. Now there’s another film on the menu, and this one, in my opinion, is worth chewing on.

2048. That’s when scientists predict there’ll be no more fish dinners, because of the going rate of overfishing. As in: No. More. Fish. For. Real.

This is the take-away message of “End of the Line,” an urgent 82-minute plea for the sea, no sugar coating included. Based on the book by British journalist Charles Clover, the doc, narrated by actor Ted Danson, is a collage of interviews with scientists and first-hand reports from fishermen around the world on the impact of overfishing on their livelihoods, their families and their fishing-based cultures. The camera trails Clover on his impassioned mission to “out” high-end restaurants that continue to serve the highly prized (and nearly extinct) blue-fin tuna.

Several years ago, at one of the first sustainable seafood press conferences I had attended, one of the panelists said something that remains etched in my memory: “The oceans belong to all of us, whether or not we eat fish.”

EOTL doesn’t just hint at this sentiment; it screams and shouts and urges you to wake up and smell the plankton.

Check the EOTL screening schedule for your neck of the woods.

KOD’s Sustainable Seafood Hook Up

This week marks the last supper for A Mighty Appetite. My final installment will be Friday, July 10. For details on where to find me next week and beyond, e-mail me.

By Kim ODonnel |  July 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET Food Movie News
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This is just too depressing. Gonna go make a pb&j and eat those until they become endangered.

Posted by: CentreofNowhere | July 8, 2009 8:03 AM

We're trying to make a move to more sustainable fisheries. Rockfish out here is in fairly good shape. Just say no to Patagonia Toothfish (aka Chilean Seabass). I prefer salmon to tuna for sushi anyway.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 8, 2009 12:29 PM

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