Totally agree with you on all counts, but here I’m forced to start writing randomly, because I have thoughts on the issue. So pardon me while I bang on my keyboard in my current semi-ADD fugue.
First, I do believe that when corporations fish the oceans to feed product into the global market, it’s a business. By definition, businesses must grow to appease shareholders and management and to strive towards profitability. It’s capitalism. And capitalism, by definition, is myopic: growth is king, contraction is evil. If we noted all the horrible behaviors we have foisted upon each other, the land and ourselves in the name of endless economic growth, we’d barf.
And then there’s the fact that here in the first world, we really don’t feel pain. We walk into stores replete with dozens of isles of perfectly-stocked food, thousands of brands, and so much choice that it’s literally paralyzing to many. We stroll in, take our iPod buds out of our ears, get our food, our craft beer, our ostrich jerky, and pay via credit card. One week later, we walk back in to the same store, resplendent colors and garish fluorescent haze and all, and do it all over again.
Food is just…well, there. All the time. Magically. We don’t recognize food sourcing issues because there’s no impetus to. We come, we go, and never have we even faced so much as a hint of food being short, let alone on the brink of categorical elimination.
I feel that we won’t ‘get it’ until we feel some pain, until something gives us a collective wake-up call. Tears For Fears once quipped, 'Nothing ever changes unless there some pain’, and I firmly believe it.
Maybe this is the pain: when reports that entire regions of the oceans are depleted – not just thin, but bone dry, which means the sockeye salmon you love so much is up-and-gone – maybe we start thinking about sustainability beyond its marketing appeal.