Tag: fish

The Downside of Seafood

Choosing the food you want to eat is like choosing the political party you want to rule your country. Whatever you choose will be bad but the challenge here is to choose the less harmful option. Over the years the way we harvest and process our food has dramatically changed. The reason for this? Expansion of our human society, and its greed. I will explain this using a food that many of us eat as an example: fish.

Turning an Invasive Species into a Livelihood

Cross posted from Worldwatch Instituteโ€™s Nourishing the Planet. In Kenya, for the over 5,000 people living in rural communities on or near its shore, Lake Victoriaโ€”the largest body of freshwater [ … ]

Help Stop Genetically Modified Salmon

The FDA is very close to approving AquAdvantage genetically modified salmon here in the US.

Weโ€™re in the midst of the 60 day comment period now, which means now is the time to get heard.

Congress Fails to Keep Dirty Factory Fish Farms Out of the Gulf

This week, Congress is voting on the critically important and extremely timely โ€œConsolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009,โ€ (CLEAR Act). The stated purpose of the act was to promote clean energy while heightening safety standards surrounding offshore drilling and other problematic industries in the Gulf. Unfortunately, several important provisions, which would have furthered these stated goals, were dropped from the bill. The bill, which supposedly includes a Gulf of Mexico restoration program, would have banned the destructive and highly contentious practice of offshore aquaculture (also known as factory fish farming) in Gulf waters and would have promoted solar and wind energy on land. Unfortunately, Democratic leaders caved to political pressure and removed these significant provisions. One of the most serious, yet little-known threats to our oceans over the last decade has been the expansion of offshore aquaculture, so why is Congress allowing its creation in the already struggling Gulf?