Thursday, January 12, 2012

[SDCPJ] The Coming Green Wave: Labor Network for Sustainability

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The Coming Green Wave:

Ocean Farming to Fight Climate Change

[Labor Network for Sustainability co-founder Brendan Smith is a
lifelong commercial
fisherman and runs a 60-acre organic oyster and seaweed farm in Long
Island Sound.
Smith uses his farm as an incubator for sustainable food production
and economic
development. His work ranges from invasive species harvesting to
re-imaging ocean
farming as a tool to curtail rising greenhouse gas emissions. At LNS
he works with
unions, farmers and others to push for a more sustainable food system
in the era
of climate crisis. The following article, published in The Atlantic
and entitled
"The Coming Green Wave: Ocean Farming to Fight Climate Change
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is an example of LNS efforts to re-imagine agricultural policy.]

For decades environmentalists have fought to save our oceans from the perils
of overfishing, climate change, and pollution. All noble efforts -
but what if
environmentalists have it backwards? What if the question is not how to save
the oceans, but how the oceans can save us?

That is what a growing network of scientists, ocean farmers, and
environmentalists
around the world is trying to figure out. With nearly 90 percent of
large fish
stocks threatened by over-fishing and 3.5 billion people dependent
on the seas
as their primary food source, these ocean farming advocates have
concluded that
aquaculture is here to stay.

But rather than monolithic factory fish farms, they see the oceans
as the home
of small-scale farms where complementary species are cultivated to
provide food
and fuel - and to clean up the environment and fight climate change. Governed
by an ethic of sustainability, they are re-imagining our oceans with the hope
of saving us from the grip of the ever-escalating climate, energy,
and food crises.

The Death and Rebirth of the Ocean Farm

Ocean farming is not a modern innovation. For thousands of years cultures as
diverse as the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Aztecs, and Chinese have
farmed finfish,
shellfish, and aquatic plants. Atlantic salmon have been farmed in
Scotland since
the early 1600s; seaweed was a staple food for American settlers.

Unfortunately, what was once a sustainable fishery has been
modernized into large-scale
industrial-style farming. Modeled on land-based factory livestock
farms, aquaculture
operations are infamous for their low-quality, tasteless fish pumped full of
antibiotics and polluting local waterways. According to a recent New
York Timeseditorial
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aquaculture "has repeated too many of the mistakes of industrial
farming - including
the shrinking of genetic diversity, a disregard for conservation,
and the global
spread of intensive farming methods before their consequences are
completely understood."

Unsurprisingly, once information got out among the general public,
"aquaculture"
quickly became a dirty word. Industry responded with a strategy of mislabeling
seafood
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and upping their marketing budgets, rather than investing in more
sustainable and
environmentally benign farming techniques.

But a small group of ocean farmers and scientists decided to chart a
different
course. Rather than relying on mono-aquaculture operations, these
new ocean farms
are pioneering muti-tropic and sea-vegetable aquaculture, whereby
ocean farmers
grow abundant, high-quality seafood while improving, rather than
damaging, the
environment.

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