In the interests of trying, I'll be posting here occasionally under the heading. Annals of the Anthropocene a supplement to the ongoing Warming Wednesdays series. None of this is my area of expertise, but that is true for most of us; for all of us, learning to think about human impacts and our consequent responsibility is simply part of being the lead species that we are in this time.
Paul Greenberg's Four Fish: the future of the last wild food is one of the most thought provoking volumes I've encountered in the last few years. It's an exploration of the insight that, just as on land, farming -- cultivation and management for human needs -- is coming to our relationship with the oceans. He explains:
Greenberg traveled all over the world seeking to understand aquaculture. He interviewed its scientific inventors and environmentally conscious fish farmers -- and also the inevitable industrial fish producers who leave endangered and depleted fisheries in their destructive wake.
He tries to imagine how farmed but relatively healthy oceans can co-exist with billions of hungry humans.
This book is fascinating and important as we stumble into the Anthropocene. Greenberg likes fish and fishermen; that makes for easy reading.