fish http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/288/all en-US Affordable Sustainable Seafood Choices for Your Table http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-sustainable-seafood-choices-for-your-table <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/affordable-sustainable-seafood-choices-for-your-table" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fish.jpg" alt="School of fish" title="School of fish" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="174" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Humans have harvested the oceans for food for thousands of years, but unfortunately the bounties of the seas are not as endless as they seem. Commercial fishing technologies have advanced significantly in the past century, and marine ecosystems are threatened by over-fishing. For those who love seafood but also want to be mindful of the environment, here are some sustainable and affordable seafood choices. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-fresh-fish">How to Shop for Fresh Fish</a>)</p> <h2>Seaweed</h2> <p>For the vegetarians out there, seaweed or kelp is a very healthy and sustainable seafood. Seaweed grows quite fast and is commercially farmed in many places around the world. You can buy seaweed dried, fresh, or frozen at many Asian markets. Dried seaweed may look expensive by weight, but it does expand in water and flavors soups very well. Fresh seaweed can make great salads or garnishes. There are hundreds of types of edible seaweed, so it may take a bit of experimentation to find out which type you prefer.</p> <h2>Shrimp</h2> <p>Certain types of shrimp are great sustainable seafood since they grow quite rapidly. Farmed shrimp require very little food and produce very little pollution. The best farmed shrimp choices, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's <a href="http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch">Seafood Watch</a> guide, are those &quot;farmed in fully recirculating systems or inland ponds.&quot; As Myscha wrote in her post about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seafood-on-the-cheap">cheap seafood</a>, frozen shrimp does not lose much of its flavor, and sometimes you can get it quite cheaply. I have seen frozen shrimp on sale for less than $2 a pound. Also, smaller shrimps are usually cheaper, and they taste the same as the larger ones. For more on which shrimp are sustainable, read the Environmental Defense Fund's information on <a href="http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16963">U.S. farmed shrimp</a> or this article on <a href="http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/05/gulf-shrimp-farmed-oil-spill">post-oil-spill shrimp</a> from Mother Jones.</p> <h2>Mussels</h2> <p>Mussels are around $2 to $5 a pound and available year round. About 90% of mussels consumed are farmed, and most of the mussels consumed in the United States are imported from Canada or New Zealand. Mussels are great in farms because they do not escape and are very disease resistant.</p> <h2>Catfish</h2> <p>Catfish are native to the United States and farmed in large quantities. Farmed catfish live in enclosed ponds and eat mostly grains. If you buy in bulk, catfish can be less than $2 a pound. There are also a lot of imported catfish from Asia on the market, but they are not exactly the same as the channel catfish from the United States. If you live in the United States, then the most sustainable and local catfish to eat are those farmed in the southern states.</p> <p>To read more about sustainable seafood, read the Monterey Bay Aquarium's full&nbsp;<a href="http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_factsheet.aspx ">Seafood Watch</a>&nbsp;guide. The site also has a downloadable app for the iPhone that can give you up-to-date information about the sustainability of seafood. In general, the most sustainable seafoods are those that grow quickly and are farmed in regulated environments that are not polluted. Quick-growing sea creatures also contain little or no harmful chemicals such as mercury, and that makes them healthier.</p> <p><em>What do you think? What is your favorite cheap and sustainable seafood?</em></p> <p><em><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; border-collapse: collapse; ">Note: This post was updated to specify what kind of shrimp are sustainable.</span></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-sustainable-seafood-choices-for-your-table">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-not-to-buy-at-a-farmers-market">What NOT to Buy at a Farmers Market</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-tips-to-cut-costs-by-using-your-oven-efficiently">19 Tips to Cut Costs by Using Your Oven Efficiently</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-uses-for-stale-cereal">5 Creative Uses for Stale Cereal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-water-bottled-hype-part-1">Bottled Water, Bottled Hype Part 1</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Green Living affordable seafood options fish sustainable Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:00:19 +0000 Xin Lu 505220 at http://www.wisebread.com How to flush $299 down the toilet (and fish it out again) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-flush-299-down-the-toilet-and-fish-it-out-again <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/toilet-aquarium.jpg" alt="toilet aquarium" title="toilet aquarium" width="320" height="336" /></p> <p>In what can only be described as a fusion of insanity and <em>insanity</em>, <a href="http://www.fishnflush.com" target="_blank">Aqua One</a> brings you <a href="http://www.fishnflush.com/order.asp" target="_blank">The Fish &#39;n Flush</a>! (<em>via <a href="http://www.thetaoofmakingmoney.com/2006/12/30/166.html" target="_blank">Tao of Making Money</a>!</em>)</p> <p>That&#39;s right. How many of you have sat on the crapper and wished that you could snap your spine in half, turn around, and look at some fish. That&#39;s right, I suspect the answer is NOBODY! (Put your hand down Gollum.) </p> <p>What&#39;s funnier than the <a href="http://www.fishnflush.com/about.html" target="_blank">official website</a> (which makes soothing bubbly noises) is the short <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=home_improvement&amp;id=4234056" target="_blank">ABC article</a> on this bowl of fun. Here are some choice quotes:</p> <blockquote><p>While it was designed as a fish tank, Reel says you can put other things in here, too. &quot;If you don&#39;t want fish, if you want to make it for scorpions, snakes, lizards...&quot; </p> </blockquote> <p>When I&#39;m doing my business I want to relax, not feel like a contestant on Fear Factor. </p> <blockquote><p>William thinks it would be a useful potty training tool. &quot;To me, this is one of those items you&#39;d get for your younger kids to entertain them. Maybe in those special pre-years for potty training.&quot; </p> </blockquote> <p>Right. Because it is psychologically healthy to make your kids associate <em>fun </em>with potty time. What&#39;s next? Breast feed them while wearing a clown mask?</p> <blockquote><p>&quot;If you have a stay at home cat, I think that would be wonderful,&quot; says Sandy. &quot;It would entertain him.&quot; </p> </blockquote> <p>OK, now we&#39;re <a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=WofFb_eOxxA">talking some sense</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-flush-299-down-the-toilet-and-fish-it-out-again">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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