"Eating Down the Food Chain"
Paul Johnson, Monterey Fish Market. San Francisco, CA
“Our oceans are overfished; what species remain are under increased pressure from global fisheries. Paul Johnson, author of the book “Fish Forever”, proposes that consumers change their habits and “eat down the food chain.” Paul has been trying for two decades to get people to protect keystone species, which are the lynchpin of the marine food web. Sunlight is translated into algae and keystone species translate that algae into protein. And they are being over-fished. Paul worked with me on this image, and then his ideas suddenly were introduced a month later at a State Assembly in California as legislation. Vandana Shiva talks about how we’re the first generation of people that have realized that we live in a world of very limited resources. And it’s a startling fact. How do you turn everything from a consumptive culture to a caretaking culture? That’s really what we have to become.”
Credit: Information artwork by Douglas Gayeton. From the Lexicon of Sustainability project.