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Eating to extinction: should we call time on pie and mash?

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Cod and chips, pie and mash, whitebait, tuna steak – is it time to take them off the menu, before these fish go extinct?
As the Thames flows from its source past Southbank Centre to the North Sea, it is teeming with wildlife, including eels and whitebait. Eels are indelibly associated with East London through pie and mash, a dish of eel and potato eaten since at least the 1800s. But they are now critically endangered (pandas are merely endangered) and face extinction. Is it time for them, and other endangered fish, to go off the menu? Or should we eat them up quick, while we still can?
To mark 2010 - International Year of Biodiversity, we’re putting our role in the biodiversity of our rivers and oceans on the menu for discussion, cogitation and digestion.


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Date and Time:

3 July 2010 at 5:45 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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The Royal Society
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