Paul Greenberg

Paul Greenberg
United States
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Paul Greenberg is the author of the New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, which has been published throughout Europe and Asia and was picked by The New York Times and The New Yorker as a notable book of 2010. Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood are now recognized as beneficial to human health—contributing to neural development, preventing heart disease, and leading to a healthier human population. People typically obtain these nutrients from fish and dietary supplements made from menhaden, krill, and other forage fish (small schooling species that play a critical role in the marine food web as prey for larger fish, seabirds, and marine mammals). With his Pew fellowship, Greenberg is researching and writing The Omega Principle: A Journey to the Bottom of the Marine Food Web. Its publication in 2017 is intended to increase public understanding of marine food webs and the threats they face from overfishing, depletion of forage species, ocean acidification, and a warming climate. As part of his book, Greenberg is writing about the need to decrease the use of forage fish to feed terrestrial animals and humans, and to present options for obtaining an ecologically sound omega-3-rich human diet from more sustainable sources. To learn more about Greenberg, visit his bio online:

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