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From Cristina

by on October 23, 2013

From Cristina

A TED video on farming fish…something we will talk about in a few weeks…

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  1. ksbarbieri permalink

    I love TED Talks so I was excited to find one on the blog. In this TED Talk Dan Barber, focuses on the importance of sustainable fish farming. As a chef, he relates this to the quality of fish found on our plates as well as the impending shortage of fish that the current unsustainable farming techniques will create. He introduces a new conception of agriculture, where food is not only health for us and the environment, but is actually better in every sense, because it is grown in a healthier and cleaner environment. Toward the end of his talk, Dan Barber relates the importance of redesigning agriculture practices to our need for social justice.

    Agribusiness focuses on feeding more people, cheaply, but it’s coming to us at a cost. Barber states that we currently produce enough food to feed the world, but the problem is distribution not quantity. And the model followed in many agricultural sectors is causing the impending food shortage problem. This is due to the fact that we do not harvest food sustainably and the environment’s ability to produce food will diminish due not to diminishing supplies but diminishing resources (lack of fertile soil, inability for the environment to replenish its self of natural resources). Here Dan Barber argues that we should not depend on the agribusiness model but on biomimicry, where natural processes are replicated and supported.

    • Ali Scalici permalink

      This video shows that sustainable fish farming is possible. When he says that the “natural” fish farm in Spain loses 20% of their fish to the bird populations that live on the farm. They also survive on not feeding their fish. The entire system is natural, unlike the first fish farm that is discussed. This fish farm is unlike a farm and rather more like an ecosystem. This is a prime example of how many businesses today preach “sustainability” but do not actually practice it. When he asked the head biologist about what the fish were fed, and the answer was “sustainable proteins” including some algae and 30% chicken pellets. It truly boggles my mind that someone could think that this was sustainable because “there are too many chickens in the world”. We produce a lot of food cheaply in order to feed the world, but that seems to be failing, especially since more food is produced, but the quality has gone down. (Fish should taste like fish, not chicken!) Why is there not more research going into how this fish farm in Spain works and if it is possible to start one somewhere else?

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