June 24th, 2010
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Eatocracy sat down with John Besh, Marcus Samuelsson, the Voltaggio Brothers and others at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen to discuss the disaster in the Gulf and the future of American seafood.

Read all previous Gulf Coast coverage on Eatocracy. And check out CNN's full coverage on the Gulf Coast Oil Disaster . Are you there? Submit an iReport.

Keep abreast of the latest seafood news at the Louisiana Seafood Newsroom [Via: Southern Foodways Alliance on Twitter]

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  2. oszukaj ruletkę gra progresywna

    Eat the poor! 5 brb

    February 3, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  3. Jim

    Stupid comments. Almost as stupid as the Maine lobsters in an article about gulf seafood.

    June 28, 2010 at 7:43 am |
    • Veev

      Maine lobsters? Pretty sure those are crawfish.

      June 28, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  4. Can I Ball?

    Eat the poor!

    June 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  5. Petra

    I think we could capture all the fish for consumption BEFORE the oil gets to them by using more drastic measures. ie: bombs under the ocean and harvesting the dead fish that float up. Its a common method used since the dawn.

    June 27, 2010 at 1:33 am |
  6. I dotn understand

    Whats the big deal? So wut if there is some oil in the gulf and some fish die. so?

    lets just get our fishs from the atlantic coast basin or even the pacifc ocean. I mean who cares and why is this news?

    studies also show that there are millons of untapped fish potential in the northern seas. this is just a campange by the republicans to bash on obama when clearly bush to to blame for the disaster in teh first place.

    June 27, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  7. DLO

    Chef Michel just stated he was glad the spill happened in this video.....Well we will pass that along to the family and friends of our first Boat Captain who shot himself this week In AL. There will be more. Chef, sir you are an idiot and your food sux.

    June 27, 2010 at 12:23 am |
  8. Amazed

    Amazed how oblivious Americans are about where their food comes from, what it's made of, and what contaminants might be in it. It's pretty simple: force animals to live in toxic waste and the animals that don't die from it will pass on that diseased, tainted quality into your own tissues. It's happening with the Gulf seafood. And a man-man toxic mess is where the vast majority of our chicken, beef, and pork come from (factory farming). You are what you eat. And then we wonder why Americans have so many chronic diseases, fatigue, and high cancer rates.

    June 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  9. e.Borg9

    I don't think Frank knows what he's talking about – why all this talk of BMs and food chains and butter is made from animals, not from drilling in the ground; I think if Frank spent less time purring cocktails in his piehole and more time in the military he'd understand that oil is the lifeblood of this grate nation in the same way that butter is the lifeblood of buttered toast. Paula Dean understands! -She'd make a grate commander in chef –

    June 26, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  10. Frank

    Please, Food Channel, do some kind of show where they make cakes out of these delicious seafoods. They can do it. Oil is essentially butter (please do a cursory search in a high-school chemistry textbook, you pathetic futtbuckers), and cakes and cookies are 90% butter, look it up.. This also explains the obesity problems in this country. Do you wonder why the average BMI in the United States is 54? It is a fact, look it up. It is the butter, and the cholesterol that is in scrimpf. These are problems created by the DEMONCRATS to shift blame from their failed policies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and toward cap-and trade and a mark-to-market economy. The American people deserve better. We need a leader that is not Democrat or Republican, rather one who is ready to promise governing only after swiftly downing three cocktails.

    June 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  11. Dead puppies

    "dead puppies, dead dead dead, dead puppies. Dead puppies aren't much fun. They don't come, when you call, they don't chase squirrels at all. Dead puppies aren't much fun."
    – Stephen Lynch

    June 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  12. Real talk

    They should have closed down that shithole New Orleans after Katrina. This is just God finishing the job.

    Why would anybody want to live in america's asshole?

    June 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
    • Frank

      I don't think too many people live there. I think mostly they're just passing through.

      June 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  13. reality

    Each barrel of oil is 42 gallons. If 60000 barrels of oil a day are spewing out thats 60000×42=2520000 . now multiply that by 66 days thats 166,320,000 gallons of oil ( which is poisonous to sea life) there also were internal BP documents that say it could be 100000 barrels a day which would be 277,200,000 of oil( poison) a day into our food supply.

    June 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
    • Frank

      This is America. 60000×42 = 3180. Learn math like they do in Pubic school.

      June 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  14. Scott

    The oil spill is sad. There are no animals in space, that have been found. I love animals but there look and taste better on a bun or in my Mac n Cheese. Humans, (dumb at times) are at the top of the food chain, and don’t give me that " Human vs. Bear crap" Humans would win! We have fire arms. Now I agree that there are people, I call " Kitten Killers" that for no reason kill animals. I DONT AGREE WITH THAT. But shit happens and the human race is trying,(not to well) but trying to fix the oil spill problem. Animals are meant to be eaten. I love asking hardcore animal lovers, " What would you eat if the only thing left was animals?" Any animal lovers want to answer that? Human mess up, animals are eaten by humans, zombies are killed by humans and are humans, and the " Rich Fat Cats of BP" just want to keep money and stay rich, eating and enjoying those lovely crabs and shrimp. Thanks.

    June 25, 2010 at 11:37 am |
    • Credible Scientist

      What would you eat if the only thing left was animals?" Any animal lovers want to answer that?

      >> If there were no plants there would be no animals. I'm pretty sure thats why they serve lettuce on hamburgers.

      Humans, (dumb at times) are at the top of the food chain, and don’t give me that " Human vs. Bear crap" Humans would win!

      >> That's exactly why we are training bears to use guns. Lets give them a fighting chance!

      June 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  15. Steve

    Blackened Gumbo G.O.P. style. REAL greasy (and flamable)!!!

    June 25, 2010 at 11:33 am |
    • #1 Fan

      Obama is a democrat and equally to blame. Steve if that is your real name.

      June 25, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  16. RLA

    Funny but the photo uses on CNN as their "seafood" photo is of freshwater Crawfish which don't live in the saltish waters of the marshes or the gulf. Crawfish are grown in ponds, rice fields and fresh water bayous. There are so many misperceptions and half truths out there about Louisiana, the oil spill, etc that America should understand that what they see and hear in the media "ain't exactly as it is". Louisiana isn't a third world country, isn't one big swamp, isn't devastated as a whole by hurricanes or oil spills or goofy politicians. We're open for tourists, business and as a good place to live and work.

    June 25, 2010 at 10:28 am |
    • Sam

      The best factual reply. Kudos.

      But other replies are not bad either. In fact I never hadread a full 'Response' list before. Thanks all for the responses. These are really amazing, enlighting and :).

      June 25, 2010 at 11:17 am |
    • Credible Scientist

      I think you're on to something. The fresh water animals crave oil as much as the saltwater guys. Now they're migrating to the ocean. Buy a harpoon and be ready for atomic crayfish.

      June 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
    • Chace Smith

      Oil Spill Eater II. There was a non toxic Alternative to clean up the spill that has been successfully tested by BP after 10 months of spill damages. The Coast Guard sent a letter from headquarters stating to the FOSC to take action with OSE II, and the EPA, Lisa Jackson stopped the Coast Guard from allowing BP from implementing OSE II. In fact the EPA stopped the application of OSE II 11 times denying State Senators direct request for use of OSE II from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. La Department of environmental requested the use of OSE II as well, EPA's Sam Coleman denied their request without reason. Governor Jindal tried to get OSE II demonstrated on the Chandelier Islands on May 6, 2010, and the EPA stopped the Governor as well. The EPA in fact stopped the use of OSE II 11 times, without a reason given. Had the EPA allowed Governor Jindal to allow the demonstration of OSE II on May 6, 2010, it is possible a significant portion of the environmental damages, including the shorelines and the seafood industry would have been spared. The toxicty test comparison between OSE II and corexit really cannot be compared since with corexit, the label states it can cause red blood cells to burst, kidney, and liver problems if a chemical suit and respirator are not worn. OSE II in contrast can be used to wash your hands and is non toxic. The BP Deep Horizon spill has proven that corexit only sinks oil and causes the same oil to be addressed a second time when it comes ashore as under water plumes, or tar balls, while OSE II has a substantiated end point of converting oil to CO2 and water. See Coast Guard letter below

      U. S. Department
      of Homeland Security
      United States
      Coast Guard

      Commanding Officer 1 Chelsea Street
      U. S. Coast Guard New London, CT 06320
      Research and Development Center Staff Symbol: Contracting Office
      Phone: (860) 271-2807

      July 10, 2010

      OSEI Corporation
      P.O. Box 515429
      Dallas, TX 75251

      Attn: Steven Pedigo, President/Owner


      We are pleased to inform you that the initial screening of your White Paper submitted under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) HSCG32-10-R-R00019 has been completed. It has been determined that your White Paper submission has a potential for benefit to the spill response effort.

      Your White Paper has been forwarded to the Deepwater Horizon Response Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) for further action under its authority. Subject to the constraints and needs of the ongoing oil spill response, you may be contacted by the FOSC or the responsible party.

      We appreciate your interest in supporting the Deepwater Horizon Response effort.

      Contracting Officer /s/
      USCG R&D Center

      July 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  17. noladude

    thank god we'll still have our crawfish. I think I'll get a fried shrimp po'boy for lunch. If they have any...

    June 25, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  18. Mainer_Ayah

    I'm a bit concerned about the number of times Maine Lobster was shown in the CNN piece on tainted seafood. The market for Maine Lobster is worldwide, and the US does not have the market cornered on consumers that did not learn a lot of geography in school. Instilling fear in the world marketplace about a species being tainted that is taken from the sea nowhere near the Gulf of Mexico is a bit irresponsible.
    CNN editors have to be a bit more wary of what stock video shots they are associating with what stories. The Maine Lobster is not the same as a fillet of some unidentifiable white fish sauteing in a pan, there is simply no mistaking what it is.

    June 25, 2010 at 8:57 am |
    • Knuckle Sandwich for Michal Nischan

      Mainer_Ayah, apparently it is possible to mistake Maine Lobster for something it is not. There wasn't a single shot of a Lobster, Maine or otherwise, in the video. Those were Crawfish (crayfish for you yanks out there). No worries though, us Louisianaians realize that we and our neighbors in coastal Texas and Mississippi are about the only people who boil Crawfish, so you have a good excuse for not realizing that you were looking at Crawfish instead of thousands of tiny Maine Lobsters.

      June 25, 2010 at 9:35 am |
      • Mainer_ayah

        I'll be damned, you're right. Must have been those tight shots that had me fooled. Hey, but I thought those mud bugs were from fresh water.

        June 29, 2010 at 1:11 am |

    this discussion thread is too long.

    June 25, 2010 at 8:49 am |
    • doodoo


      June 25, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  20. Knuckle Sandwich for Michal Nischan

    Michal Nischan needs to be punched in the face for that comment. It takes a real a-hole to view this situation as a good thing because it provides support for your views on energy policy, conservation, or whatever issue you think it supports. Like thousands of other Louisiana residents, I fish in these waters year round, and go duck hunting in them every winter, and I've been involved in coastal conservation organizations for decades. This disaster will certainly bolster our conservation arguments, but I should rightly get my butt kicked if I suggested that the spill was a good thing because it helps us gain more support for our cause.

    June 25, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  21. Redbird

    CNN obviously doesn't know the difference between seafood and crawfish. They repeatedly show crawfish in ths video. Crawfish do not come from the gulf. This shows their accuracy of reporting.

    June 25, 2010 at 8:39 am |
    • Knuckle Sandwich for Michal Nischan

      I thought that was funny too. Fear not, CNN, the Atchafalaya and our rice fields will be just fine.

      June 25, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  22. Grow Up

    It seems like most of you are jokin around about it. Grow up. Its not just effecting the creatures that live in the Gulf but also the economy in this region. Actual PEOPLE are losing jobs and businesses over this. And it can get worse for these ppl. And yes, animals in the gulf are being harmed due to human actions. So, the fact that you can sit on a computer, on a news website and joke about it is ridiculous. If you cant say anything worth sayin, shut up. Thanks to those of you who take this seriously.

    June 25, 2010 at 8:12 am |
    • Dux

      Joking at the gal who posts about space animals is not the same as not taking this situation seriously. I live in a small town where the main industry is fishing (not near the Gulf), so I do feel for the fishermen and folks who work as seafood processors. But come on...she was asking for it.

      June 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  23. Arthur W Chestnut

    Since it is beyond the capability of the human race to clean up the gulf oil spill, another approach should be taken.
    The president should make a time machine and go back to 2009 and stop the drilling.
    Pray that the president will be scientific enough to make the time machine with enough wisdom to not misuse it.

    June 25, 2010 at 8:03 am |
    • BadNews

      He should go back in time and stop the Big Oil company lobbyist from paying off elected officials that would not put safe guards into place when they had a chance. They could have had a law in place to stop this. Each rig set up should have had a remotely controlled "shut off" valve the cost 1/2 a million per rig. When a blow out occurs something similar to a submarine's ping would have activated the valve from the surface.

      Instead the Oil Co's lobbyist convinced enuf of the elected officials to squash the proposal.

      Anyone ever take a look at a puddle at a gas station – this will be the Atlantic after hurricane season is over.... and since the Atlantic isn't isolated, it will keep spreading.

      June 25, 2010 at 9:28 am |
      • #1 Fan

        Obama, I've been trying to destroy the spirits of the human population and wreck the planet for centuries and you do it in one presidential term. You the man!

        -The Devil

        June 25, 2010 at 11:25 am |
    • NoAnimalsInSpace

      Actually, Obama should build a time machine and go back to the beginning of time, when Space Jesus created the Space Crawfish, and ask him to make the dead dinosaurs that the Space Devil invented turn in to Space Crawfish instead of oil.

      Then we'd have a gigantic Space Crawfish spill!

      June 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
      • Credible Scientist

        Not to get all physical here.. but you better check your calculations on that.

        June 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  24. Blackrock

    That dude that says "ya know i'm glad it happened. I have relatives down there but i'm glad it happened because we need to change the way we do things."

    Someone needs to drop a bomb on his restaurant. Then drive a bulldozer over his house, and dump his car in a lake. Then let him come and say he's glad that all that happened. peoples lives are ruined. We've lost so much, and this guy is saying he is glad it happened. I urinate on this man.

    June 25, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  25. concerned in ohio

    great look what the democrats are up too now... jesus why did we let obama allow this to happen? now our children have to get handed down his mistakes? i guess the next generations can think obama for not ever knowing teh taste of fish.

    June 25, 2010 at 5:55 am |
    • BadNews

      Have they released a video of your President blowing up the rig????

      June 25, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  26. 2+2=5

    Oh yeah, its official, the average person commenting in here is all of 12. Funny when they try to understand things like politics. Definetly lost all credibility. Worth mentioning this has everything to do with everyone. Where did the drill baby drill chant go? hmm, think its safe to say we wont be hearing that much more. Another case of foot in mouth. The space comment was pretty silly but honestly didn't take a rocket scientist to get the point but you know how it is these days. After 8 years people can get pretty stupid when used to seeing a president act that way. Still feeling the aftershocks of underachievers. I'm a fisherman myself. Praying this doesn't effect where I live. Interesting that people are still acting like its fixable, even fox news was reporting about a month ago it was almost fixed?!?! no wonder so many are angry, keep up the great reporting. Meanwhile we want less government and less regulation. Laughable. Won't kill anyone to bring their brain to the table on these stories.

    June 25, 2010 at 4:37 am |
    • Credible Scientist

      2+2=4 and I still chant for drilling babies. All babies! Regardless of color. Our ever expanding government is what got us to this point. For the billions of tax payer dollars that circulate amongst the federal branches the best they can do is point their figure and say not my problem. How about the continuous politician scandals, do you see that as a being positive? Do we really need more? Like that war in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do we need more dead americans for a pointless fund raiser? How about less federal government and more local responsibility like the framers of our constitution intended.

      Drill baby drill!

      June 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  27. chinesecrawfish

    maybe the crawfish can evolvle into some creature that eating crude oil-well ,that cool

    June 25, 2010 at 3:19 am |
    • mudbug

      Why do they keep showing crayfish in the pictures, Crayfish, crawdads, mudbugs whatever you want to call them DO NOT COME OUT OF THE OCEAN THEY ARE A FRESHWATER SPECIES. DUH!!!

      June 25, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  28. Terry W. Brookman

    Let's get this straight, the deed is done and the gulf will never be the same. I hate to say this but it is true. he basic ecology of the entire gulf is FUBAR and if the oil makes it into the Gulf Stream the area affected could be the entire gulf and the East coast. This mess is going to get bigger much bigger and there is nothing we can do about i, the basic chemistry if the water has changed and will not support life. There is a tropical storm below Cuba and is moving into the gulf, if the storm reaches the mainland the surge will push the oil past the barriers into the estuaries and kill everything. I have yet seen a computer model of the impact it will have but it can not be good. This is a huge screw up.

    June 25, 2010 at 3:19 am |
    • Knuckle Sandwich for Michal Nischan

      Unfortunately Terry, its not going to take a storm to push the oil past our barrier islands. The word "barrier" in barrier island is a misnomer in Louisiana. Our coast line consists of a few small islands separated by miles of open water between them. We don't have barrier islands that are contiguous and only separtated by a few estuaries. The barrier islands in Louisiana are few and far between. Behind them is just miles and miles of open water with stattered patches of marsh grass here and there. It not anything like your average 5th grade science class description of a typical river delta system. It was like that a 200 years ago, before we trapped the mighty mississippi, but not anymore.

      June 25, 2010 at 9:07 am |
    • BadNews

      There are computer models and projections out there. We're not allowed to see them for good reasons...... civil unrest to start with.

      June 25, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  29. james

    CNN, for as long as comments are not pre-screened, I will not read your newsite. You are allowing readers who act and think like 5 year olds to comment here. This is tastless. Sooner or later, this will be a strong reflection on your company.

    June 25, 2010 at 3:10 am |
    • mr happy

      actually, i am happy they do allow comments and silliness. it makes the news bearable and even has me giggle a bit.

      June 25, 2010 at 4:43 am |
    • El Barto

      Yes, because censorship has worked so well everywhere else. Let's give it a try!

      June 25, 2010 at 6:07 am |
  30. chad Simon

    I think it is funny that cnn places a photo of crawfish when teasing this story on the main CNN page. Out of all the seafood found in louisiana, the ONLY one NOT affected by oil would be the crawfish (they are raised in rice fields). CNN does this kind of thing all the time and it really is starting to piss me off. At least pretend to do your homework before you report on our state. Calling Charlie Meloncon (melaw-saw) MEL-IN-CON does not convey professionalism nor sinicerity when reporting this tragedy. For everyone commenting about what they should do, LET LOUISIANA decide what is best for our state and our region of the gulf (we work, live, eat, and play down here) we know how to fix it. Dont shut down the wells, thats moronic. Give the state our fair share of lease revenues so we can rebuild our gulf, condemn those companies who forsake our trust and allow them to be swallowd by those who do the right thing (american capitalism at its finest) Trust me, CEO's out of a job is plenty enough incentive to get your ass in check.

    June 25, 2010 at 2:48 am |
    • mudbug

      Chad simon is right on with that comment. Im glad im not the only one to notice CNN's left wing liberal editorials.

      June 25, 2010 at 7:09 am |
    • Sam

      Great reply. Nice information.

      June 25, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  31. Kimbles

    I am absolutely amazed by some of the above posts. Wasn't the whole point of this article the destruction and harm being done to the animals and sea creatures of the Gulf and not animals in outer space and people who make rude, disrespectful comments regarding other peoples sexuality or ideas???? Maybe there should be an age limit on the people who are allowed to post here, clearly there are a lot of 5 year olds. I feel for the animals and sea life that is being destroyed by the oil, and I also feel for the people whos lliving is made from the fishing ets. in the gulf. I can go without seafood for a while and survive but how long can someone go without a job and survive, and how long can we continue to allow animals an sea life to be poisened and killed before there are some consequences for the people who are at the root of the problem to start with?

    June 25, 2010 at 2:36 am |
  32. Terry W. Brookman

    I know how to stop the leak....BP sent me a form to fill out after I contacted the Governor of La. Yes Really

    June 25, 2010 at 1:51 am |
  33. Terry W. Brookman

    Digital oil, let's format the gulf...............Right

    June 25, 2010 at 1:47 am |
  34. PeaceKeeper

    IYou guys are hilarious!!! There were great points made but let's keep the main thing the main thing. We need to stop the leak and point fingers later. You guys are bickering just like Mr. President and BP!! I say let Steve Jobs take a stab at it. He's the man!

    Praying for all areas affected by this tragic occurance.

    June 25, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  35. Pianki

    Think of the suffering done b Nigerians for the last 60 years due to oil spills and contamination done by the Shell Oils and others who are friends of the US. Now you know and will know for decades to come.

    June 25, 2010 at 1:12 am |
  36. Terry W. Brookman

    I want to eat the last Penguin.

    June 25, 2010 at 12:51 am |
    • Kimbles

      You are truly a disappointment as far as the human race is concerned. What a horrible comment to make while animals and people are suffering.

      June 25, 2010 at 2:38 am |
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