[Fwd: Re: NYTimes.com Article: Bush Would Give Illegal Workers
Broad New Rights]
Kenneth.Meltsner at ca.com
Thu Jan 8 09:40:27 PST 2004
Farm-raised "seafood" is one of the latest import tariff cases as well
-- American shrimp companies are complaining that foreign, pond-raised
shrimp are being dumped on the market. Now, why we don't have more
shrimp aquaculture, I don't know -- perhaps they're all growing salmon
"Wild" food is becoming scarce everywhere, in part because previous
exploitation was too efficient and didn't allow fish/shrimp populations
to grow back. Worst of all is orange roughie, a deepsea fish that grows
incredibly slowly. In the last decade, fishermen have harvested the
equivalent 5-10x that in growth.
It's the same thing that happened with various wood species -- Cuban
mahogany, Port Orford cedar, Lebanon cedar, teak, etc. have all been
nearly wiped out, with only commercially farmed varieties still
available, if at all.
Ken "Time for a shrimp and salmon stirfry" Meltsner
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> Illegal Workers Broad New Rights]
> Michael wrote:
> > Also technology such as hydroponics
> > would easily allow food to be grown more productively if
> farmers felt
> > like investing the money into it.
> I remember salmon farming was going to change the world
> through similar to how people claim that healthy, vitamin
> maintained, artificial light plants can grow the same quality
> and amount of food in an inert medium.
> Quoting Peter Drucker in his October 1999 Atlantic Monthly
> article, http://www.welchco.com/02/14/01/60/99/10/0102.HTM
> Twenty-five years ago salmon was a delicacy. The typical
> convention dinner gave a choice between chicken and beef.
> Today salmon is a commodity, and is the other choice on
> the convention menu. Most salmon today is not caught at sea or
> in a river but grown on a fish farm. The same is increasingly
> true of trout. Soon, apparently, it will be true of a number
> of other fish. Flounder, for instance, which is to seafood what
> pork is to meat, is just going into oceanic mass production.
> This will no doubt lead to the genetic development of new
> and different fish, just as the domestication of sheep, cows,
> and chickens led to the development of new breeds among them.
> But probably a dozen or so technologies are at the stage
> where biotechnology was twenty-five years ago -- that
> is, ready to emerge.
> So, we've optimized the Salmon producing process using the
> latest and greatest biotechnology. What has it gotten us?
> Let me recap:
> o Farm salmon is grown off of overcrowded docks and wild salmon
> is near extinct as a commercial venture
> o They are hand fed with processed, vitamin enriched meal, like
> chickens (ooo, tastes like chicken?)
> o They are relatively tasteless (sort of like feeding an escargot
> 11 days of grain meal), their flesh is fatty and
> loose, their tone
> is gray and companies have to die them with orange and pink
> coloring to make them attractive to consumers.
> Maybe in 10 years we'll all be eaty greasy, tastless, gray tofu.
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