Posted by: r.m. | December 17, 2008

let’s talk food

Let’s talk food today. In a few of different forms.

Here are some of the main headlines regarding what we eat and how we grow/farm it and some models as to how we can do it better

Fish Farming Threatens Wild Salmon

(this is one of the reasons i’m no longer eating fish, neither wild or “farm-raised”) “At present more than half of all store-bought salmon comes from farms, and other species, including cod and halibut, are being considered for cultivation”

Bangladesh battles the impacts of climate change.

already. “Crop yields are shrinking as a result of increased salinity due to rising water levels in the Bay of Bengal. Agronomists and agricultural experts now worry that creeping salinity will engulf more and more land in the low-lying nation”

and –

In ‘Eat Local’ Movement, Cuba Is Years Ahead

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Cuba planted thousands of urban cooperative gardens to offset reduced rations of imported food.

A banana plantation is seen in San Antonio de los Banos in Havana in this July 18, 2008 file photo.  (Reuters/Enrique De La Osa/Files)

[A banana plantation is seen in San Antonio de los Banos in Havana in this July 18, 2008 file photo. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Cuba planted thousands of urban cooperative gardens to offset reduced rations of imported food. Now, in the wake of three hurricanes that wiped out 30 percent of Cuba's farm crops, Cuba is again turning to its urban gardens to keep its people properly fed. (Reuters/Enrique De La Osa/Files) ]

Now, in the wake of three hurricanes that wiped out 30 percent of Cuba’s farm crops, the communist country is again turning to its urban gardens to keep its people properly fed.


Responses

  1. Dr., you must think again of your decision of not eating fish. It’s healthy (this is what my parents keep on telling me😉 ) and there are some places in lebanon where you can be sure it’s wild and not farm-raised (Mina for example)….oups! I just realized that you’re vegetarian….. but fish is still healthy anyway!!!hahahaha

  2. SHOU? what mina? you dont get wild fish here! Abu Fadi gets his fish frozen and imported! The fish market here is based on imported fish. And whatever the fishermen can find around here is very small fishes sold for very little..
    By the way, I’m pro-local eating. Lebanon has vast lands for plantation, it’s good for our economy, it would provide more jobs, and of course we would be boosting natural resources function in Lebanon!

  3. One of the cases, the one of fish, is directy human made, it is caused by over fishing…
    The other two are indirectly human made, caused by climate change….
    Anyways, if we look further we will find lots of food problems caused directly and indirectly by men..
    Human’s hands have reached all the world, even his own food!

  4. What I don’t really get is, how encouraging fish farming would depress wild fish populations?? Can’t we have both in paralell? I mean, a well protected marine environmenet as well as fish farming (geographically separated)…
    Concerning the mina story, most of the fishes are wild, altough not locally caught, and very few of them are actually farm-raised.

  5. Well it is extreamly rare to find something uterly natural in this world, and fish are no exception. although farms do repress the local fish population, i don’t really think the solution is to stop eating🙂 if we were to boycot all foods that cause harm to the ecosystem, i guess we’d have to settle down for living off polluted air. the local movement in Cuba is a start, countries should encourage the growth of agriculture, it would benifit both economically and ecologically.

  6. people are failing to realise just how importance fish are not just to us. these fish are becoming extint and if something is not done soon we wont have any wil fish. i think the best solution is that people should minimise thier intake of fish and the governments sould establish reserves for these fish

  7. Bangladesh is one of many countries that are beginning to be affected by climate change.The list contains Southeast Asia, Egypt, Australia, and many others. What is also important to notice is that each country is being impacted by a certain manner. but rising sea level and its devastating effects on populations, agriculture, and economy is one of the major problems especially for countries that rely on agriculture for its economic growth.
    Something must be done to save these countries, and the movements should include not only affected countries but also world’s largest polluting countries such as the USA, China, and many others.

  8. People have always given food the priority of their lives before money. But the effects of climate change seem to be haunting every single aspect of our lives. A native america chief once said that when the white man has killed the last buffalo and burned the last tree and dried the last river, then will he realize that he cannot eat money. This is so true in our modern days, since our own actions towards the environment is threatening our food security as human beings. It is time to stop and think at least of our hungry brothers and of ourselves. But humanity always finds a way to destroy itself.


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