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    10 Irrigation Tips For Better Water Resource Management

    Planting cover crops, trees, and complementary crops in the same field can help retain both water and nutrients in soil. Doing these things can also provide drought protection and help irrigation and farming be better at water resource management. Gravity-flow systems and irrigation systems can be used for more efficient water use, depending on where […] More

  • Drinking Water — Where It Comes From

    Surface water — like lakes, rivers, and reservoirs — is one major source of our drinking water. Groundwater is another. The surface water comes from precipitation, like rain and melting snow and ice. Surface water moves over land to collect in lower areas, so it can contain chemicals it absorbs along the way. Some cities, like Los Angeles and […] More

  • In Japan, They’re Farming With 99% Less Water

    This hydroponic farm in Japan cuts water usage by 99%! The farm occupies an abandoned Sony chip manufacturing facility in Miyagi prefecture, near where the earthquake and tsunami struck the country in 2011. It is the brainchild of Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist who was inspired by a vegetable factory he saw at the Expo […] More

  • Did You Know: More Oysters Means Better Water?

    Oysters are filter-feeders. That means they suck in the water around them, filtering out the plankton and bits of dead animals and waste that they eat, then spit the water back out, free of that waste. The process feeds the oysters, produces food for humans, and cleans the water around them. Exactly how much these […] More

  • DIY Drip Irrigation for Under Ten Dollars

    If you’ve ever come home from work in the summer and found your lovely garden wilted, this DIY drip irrigation system might be just the thing for you. Best of all, it costs less than $10. More

  • Factory Fishing in the Yellow Sea

    NASA’s Earth Observatory posted this image of the Korea and the Yellow Sea at night. The bright group of lights in the center is South Korea. China is the left third of the image and Japan is on the right. Why is the sea so well-lit, you might ask? Those are factory fishing operations. More

  • Aquaponics at the University of Hawaii

    Aquaponics is such a great idea. The fish and vegetables lived in a closed system, which means the water is basically reused over and over. Fish supply nutrients to plants and plants do the same. The space required is minimal, too. At least compared to conventional fish farming and field-raised vegetables. More

  • Fresh: the Movie (Review)

    I finally had an opportunity to watch Fresh, the real-food whole-food farm-revolution documentary. It follows Food, Inc.’s footsteps, clamoring poignantly for a better food system. Fresh is a great introduction to some of the core food revolution issues, especially for newcomers to the movement. It’s also an extremely omnivore-friendly film; indeed, in my veganist opinion, animal-food enthusiasts are perhaps overrepresented. However, if you’re new to the real food movement — or just starting to explore idea of ditching the standard American (factory farmed) diet — Fresh is well worth watching.

  • Another Pacific Salmon Found with Infectious Salmon Anemia

    A third Pacific salmon has been found with infectious salmon anemia. Until the recent finding of two wild Pacific salmon with infectious salmon anemia, the virus has only been found in the Atlantic Ocean, where it originated, and in Atlantic salmon being farmed in the Pacific Ocean. More

  • Feast and Famine in the Great Lakes

    The ecology of the Great Lakes has been struggling for many years. Parts of them are dead and others are dying. “Feast and Famine in the Great Lakes” examines the reasons why. More

  • Does Climate Change Cause Crime?

    Here’s the theory: climate change contributes to rising temperatures and dropping water levels, which in turn leads to lower catch volume and smaller fish, which pushes some Lake Naivasha fishermen in Nairobi’s Rift Valley to cast their nets into the world of crime. Naivasha police say that most of their recent arrests for kidnapping, rape, […] More

  • Oceans Without Fish in 40 Years?

    Ok, “without fish” is a little bit of an overstatement, but a new report out by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and leading economists warns us that if fishing policies don’t change, all commercial fisheries could collapse in the next 40 years, which is pretty dramatic. UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner […] More

  • UN: Dock 13 Million Fishing Boats to Save Global Stocks

    Stark predictions lie ahead for the fishing industry if action is not taken immediately to preserve stock, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).  Warning that “virtually all commercial fisheries will have collapsed by 2050 unless urgent action is taken”, scientists estimated 13 million boats need to stop fishing immediately to save global fish […] More

  • Will There Be a 2010 Salmon Fishing Season on the West Coast?

    West Coast families, tribes, and communities that rely on salmon fishing for their sustenance, once again are faced with bleak options for the 2010 salmon, although the outlook is improved over the 2009 season, especially for sport fisherman. Beleageured by previous poor runs on the Klamath and Sacramento Rivers, commercial salmon season could be closed […] More

  • Endangered Ocean Species Won't Get International Trade Protection

    U.N. delegates from around the world gathered at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) in Qatar this week- their mission? To vote on international regulations governing the trade in endangered species. For the urban layman, their decisions affect how much tuna we can have for sushi or […] More

  • Human Rights vs. World’s Largest Marine Reserve

    In the late 1960s, the United States and Great Britain expelled the native people of the Chagos Islands and slave descendants in order to create a nuclear air force base. If the area is turned into a marine reserve today, the Chagossians (Ilois) contest they could never return since fishing would be banned deeply impacting their livelihood. More

  • CNN Flip Flop: Benefits of Eating PCB Ladened Farmed Fish Outweigh Risks

    Farm-raised salmon practices are often criticized by environmentalists because of pollution risks and stock escaping into the wild, but aquaculture may be needed to meet the demand for fish consumption in times of dwindling wild supplies.  Recently, CNN health expert Dr. Melina Jampolis rekindled the debate on whether farm-raised salmon is safe for human consumption. […] More

  • Scientists Expand Fish Memory From 3 Seconds to Several Months

    Fish are often considered lesser beings. In fact, pesce vegetarians justify eating fish because they don’t consider them to feel pain and suffering, and they think it is better for their health.  New research challenges prior assumptions about fish, including their memory.  The long standing myth that fish can only recall something for three seconds […] More

  • Tilapia Takes a Toll on Fiji’s Native Fish

    The native fish of the waterways of Fiji are battling an invasive species, one advocated by many sustainable fish farming proponents: tilapia. A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society found that streams with tilapia contained 11 fewer species of native fishes than those without, leading to speculation that the introduced species may be feeding […] More

  • Study Finds Coral Reefs Recover from Climate Change Damage

    A study by the University of Exeter has provided the first ever evidence that coral reefs can recover from climate change. The researchers surveyed ten sites located within the Bahamas, both inside and out of marine sanctuaries. These reefs, which were studied over a two and half year period, had been severely damaged by bleaching […] More

  • Deep Ocean Fish Farms Prevent Disease, But What About Pollution?

    Just like North America, Chile’s salmon fishing industry has suffered in recent years. Fish farms try to meet global demand; however, they are often prone to bacterial and viral disease. Backed by Norwegian financing, Chile plans to build its first deep water salmon fish farm in an effort to protect stock. More

  • Michigan Sues Illinois Over Asian Carp Invasion

    The fight to control the invasion of Asian carp in the Great Lakes is spurring legal battles between Midwestern states.  Michigan, with the backing of Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota, is suing Illinois to prevent the Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan.   Not only invasive species but toxic chemicals, urbanization, and climate change threaten […] More

  • Seafood Slavery: Americans Eat Thai Shrimp Caught by Forced Labor

    It’s hard to imagine slavery still exists in the twenty-first century, but human trafficking is a modern problem called the “fastest-growing criminal industry in the world”. For example, the fishing industry in Thailand is supported by slaves, mostly Burmese migrants. Some of this slave-based catch ends up in US markets. More

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    50,000 Non-Toxic Puffer Fish Raised in Japan

    Considered a delicacy by many, puffer fish are the second most deadly vertebrate in the world. In fact, in order to prepare fugu, Japanese chefs must obtain a special license after three years of apprenticeship. Only 30% of chefs actually pass the test and become fugu licensed. The dangers of preparing and eating blowfish may […] More

  • Scientists Support Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Trade Ban

    Scientists with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) say that the Atlantic bluefin tuna meets criteria for an international trade ban, due to an extreme decline in the stock of the popular sushi fish. Groups working for sustainable fisheries, such as Greenpeace and WWF, support the commission’s statement. “What’s needed to […] More

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