[Fwd: Re: NYTimes.com Article: Bush Would Give Illegal Workers
Broad New Rights]
Gregory Alan Bolcer
gbolcer at endeavors.com
Thu Jan 8 10:31:12 PST 2004
Chilean sea bass is now monkfish. That just
reminded me of something about the higher infection
and parasite rates in farmed fish. They use antibiotics and
anti-virals on them which some believe is reducing their
effectiveness and increasing the chances for a non-responsive
strain in the general population.
Meltsner, Kenneth wrote:
> 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]
>>>Also technology such as hydroponics
>>>would easily allow food to be grown more productively if
>>>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
>> 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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