Before my husband ordered, he asked the waitress, “Where is the tilapia from?” She said she would ask the manager. I was a little embarrassed that he asked because I was sure that this restaurant had good food. She came back and said, “China.”
“Let me see,” my husband replied, “I need a few more minutes.”
Fish has never been on the school lunch menu at my school. I think it would be fantastic if my school started offering fish but my concern is that the fish would be sourced from Asia. If you have done any reading about the chemicals and pesticides used in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc., you would also be wary about consuming that kind of fish. They don’t have the same kind of rules and regulations that the US has and so chemicals and pesticides that we banned more than forty years ago are still being used. Known carcinogens. (See FDA Halts Imports of Farmed Fish from China and Wary diners ask: Is fish from China?)
Shrimp is something that I avoid completely because all those little shrimps you can purchase at the grocery store or at a restaurant come from China and they are loaded with chemicals (stuff we banned 40 years ago). You want the big Gulf shrimp — it pays to buy “made in the USA.”
Due to lots of contaminants in fish, we now only eat canned chunk light tuna (the albacore has more mercury), tilapia, salmon, canned sardines, anchovies and cod. I try to steer my husband away from the catfish because it is a bottom feeder (aka eats crap that may contain chemicals), but he loves it and can’t resist eating it.
I think fish are a great thing to eat because it’s low fat and full of great brain developing fatty acids. I just wish there wasn’t so much pollution in this world forcing me to ask questions every time we buy fish at a restaurant or at the grocery store. Luckily most fish is labeled with the country of origin. I encourage you to have a closer look at what you have in the fridge. And check out What Fish Should I Eat? for a list of resources with information about which fish are safe.
At the grocery store I questioned the butcher about the fish and he taught me something new. He said, “If it’s fresh, it most likely did not come from Asia. It’s the frozen stuff that you should worry about.”