25 gedachten over “Oysters with Karen Rivara”

  1. OOOOO I love Oysters I use soy sauce, lemon, tabasco soooo goood! Of course I grill them 🙂

  2. Oyster is fine by itself or with some lemon juice or horse radish
    Mark Kurlansky’s book about oysters was a good read about the subject.

  3. wow, learned a lot. that’s a huge process to go through to grow oysters, makes me appreciate them even more! love oysters, baked or raw.

  4. @HungryNation Please tell him he is missed
    the show is lacking a part without him and hope he is back soon

  5. @peacefulshades Karen’s oysters are all natural – she feeds them organic algae that she grows herself, and doesn’t treat or medicate them in any way. ‘Farming’ oysters isn’t anything like farming mammalian livestock – Karen feeds the oysters clean food, gives them good water to live in, and protects them from predators like crabs. It’s completely humane!

  6. @HungryNation may be human but to be human is not synonymous with kind…. I would rather be in free waters than in a blue plastic bucket…… this process is a strong argument for vegan

  7. @peacefulshades They’re OYSTERS. By all means, be a vegan, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. But they don’t care if they’re in a bucket with fresh seawater flowing in constantly from the bay or on a rock. In the bucket at least they are safe from boats, garbage in the water and predators. In the wild or farmed, they spend their lives attached to a surface. They are not like fish or mammals, whose contentment is partially derived from habitat; all oysters want is a place to berth & food.

  8. @peacefulshades Believe me, we care about the humane treatment of animals more than just about anything else, but oysters don’t have nervous systems – they do not have brains or nerves. They ‘feel’ nothing. So oyster ‘happiness’ is a non-existant concept. More importantly, Karen ‘farms’ her oysters in the same bay, same waters, and with the same natural algae where wild oysters once thrived on Long Island.

  9. @peacefulshades But over-harvesting, pollution, and disease have virtually wiped out Long Island’s wild oyster population. Karen is working hard to raise naturally healthy oysters in conditions that are safe for them. So yes, while you – a being with a nervous system, brain, and self-awareness – might prefer open waters to a plastic tub, I assure you that oysters don’t know the difference, because they don’t know/feel anything. I hope this information will help you reconsider your opinion! 🙂

  10. @peacefulshades you are wrong. Its fine to be vegan and calling eating oysters as inhumane if you choose to follow a vegan lifestyle but farming oysters in far from inhumane. Oysters are helpful to marine life and live in the wild very similarly to the way they are farmed in the wild. **They are often farmed just to clean water to help other marine life**. search ‘oyster’ on wikipedia for more.

  11. @TheFrUmph insulting me because I question something that doesnt sit well with me doesnt read as intelligent… I would rather be called brainless because I asked questions than mindlessly follow anything… I am a great many adjectives, stupid is not one of them.

  12. @kit1232 I was not referring to eating them as inhumane, the plastic buckets and un-naturalness of farming aspect bothered me, and they are not grown as much as they grow… still not sure how I feel about it, need to research more and perhaps visit an oyster farm

  13. @peacefulshades I take it you are a vegetarian or vegan, and therefore don’t eat wild or farm-raised animals. But do you eat vegetables? Wheat-based products? Or do you only eat wild fish and foraged plant-life? Chances are, everything you consume (outside of wild fish) is farmed. Your lettuce, corn, tomatoes, squash. Do you think farmers just sit around hoping their fields will sprout crops? Karen raises her oysters with the same conscientious, holistic care a good farmer shows his vegetables.

  14. @peacefulshades oysters are animals in that they reproduce w/eggs & have hearts & stomachs. But they function like plants: They filter water. Farmed oysters are actually incredibly beneficial to natural bays & estuaries. They clean the water they live in. Karen’s oysters are kept safe in plastic buckets but the buckets are in the bay & the oysters eat the bay’s natural algae. Karen would grow them on rocks if she could but there, the oysters are susceptible to pollution, predators, and boats.

  15. @peacefulshades ‘Growing’ the oysters means overseeing the spawning (which is done externally – oysters shoot out their eggs & sperm, it’s not at all like mammalian forced mating) so the eggs aren’t overfertilized; giving the ‘naked’ baby oysters find pieces of shell to latch onto, so they can build their own shells & grow; & feeding them organic algae while they’re in the nursery. Once they’re big enough to survive in the bay, they are moved there & get all their nutrients from the bay itself.

  16. @peacefulshades Basically, ‘farming’ them is just overseeing their natural processes (spawning, shell-latching, beginning growth/development) in a safe environment where they are not susceptible to predators and pollution. The water Karen’s oysters are spawned and nursed in is actually pumped in from the bay, so they are in real, natural, untreated/processed Long Island bay water their entire lives.

  17. @peacefulshades Anyway, I really appreciate your willingness to reconsider your position and I hope all this information changes your mind! I absolutely recommend you visit an oyster farm to learn more, especially one run as carefully and with as much respect to the oysters’ wellbeings as Karen’s. If all farmers were as dedicated, respectful, and careful with their livestock’s wellbeing as Karen is to her Peconic Pearls, the world would be a better place!

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