Fish sticks: The ocean’s little problem solvers

Fish sticks: The ocean’s little problem solvers
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Fish sticks are more than just an easy way to get kids to eat healthy food. They’re the ocean’s little problem solvers, swimming in to solve a seafood glut after World War II, and to help working parents in need of cheap and easy meals. Now fish sticks might even help solve our latest challenge: an epidemic of global overfishing.

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Kira Bindrim is the host of the Quartz Obsession podcast. She is an executive editor who works on global newsroom coverage and email products. She is obsessed with reading and reality TV.

Liz Webber is a deputy email editor at Quartz. She is obsessed with crossword puzzles, obscure trivia, and slow cooker recipes.

Show notes

1960s Birds Eye fish sticks ad

Domino’s China 2016 fish stick pizza

Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainable seafood certification

Fish stick sustainability study (pdf)

Gorton’s mer-bros commercial

Gorton’s fish stick tacos recipe

This episode uses the following sounds from freesound.org and SoundCloud:
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