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Making Aquaculture Sustainable…

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  “Aquaculture is a rapidly growing, highly valued and extremely important sector of the seafood industry. It is predicted that by 2030 it will account for more than 60% of global seafood production” (Dowle et al.). There are two basic forms of aquaculture, extensive systems and intensive systems.  Extensive systems are powered by the sun, have a relatively low environmental… Read more »

In the Era of Global Warming…We Can No Longer Afford to Think and Act Only Locally

With all the factors that influence climate change and the perception that individual choices have marginal effect in the grand scheme of things, it’s understandable why the issue of climate change seems to be constantly swept under the rug.  In northern regions where contributions to global warming have been significant, the impacts felt thus far have been minimal enabling us… Read more »

Global issues require global enforcement

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After reading about the many land deals that have occurred recently, I began to notice that the overriding theme seemed to be that these “land grabs” were detrimental.  Which may be the case, however, these countries who are acquiring land may have motives less devious than originally expected.  City, state and federal leader’s jobs are to act in the best… Read more »

Water is the new Oil

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Water is the new oil…meaning that moving forward conflicts over resources will concern water.  The finite amount of water, growing world population and continued climate change will force us to make some tough decisions in the near future.  One of these tough decisions involves poppy farmers in Afghanistan.  It is easy and not necessarily wrong to conclude that growing poppy… Read more »

Chocolate…it’s Bittersweet

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Chocolate has gotten somewhat of a bad rap recently and deservedly so.  But if chocolate demands and/or prices shifted and children were no longer forced to harvest cocoa, would the majority of them return to school or continue working doing something else?  I think it is a fair question to ask when trying to determine just how much blame the… Read more »

Western Diet = Capitalist Diet

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The Western diet is an extension of our capitalist culture.  We are told what to drive, where to live, what to buy, who to vote for and what/how much to eat.  We have allowed the Western diet to take root because of our desire for cheap, fast, processed foods that are easy to ingest.  Over-consumption is not just encouraged, it is… Read more »