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Conservation key to increasing fish supply

Conservation key to increasing fish supply

Implementing sustainable fishing policies could increase profits globally by $51 billion per year while boosting the oceans’ supply of fish, according to a story on The research, which examined a database of 4,373 fishers, was conducted by the University of California, the University of Washington, and the Environmental Defense Group. It concluded that sustainable

The Future of Sustainable Farming

The current agriculture system is set up for efficiency and profitability, not sustainability, the website One Green Planet contends. The way food animals are raised is unsustainable and conventional agriculture’s use of pesticides and monocultures for crops is not suited to the environment. The website identifies a few strategies that could make agriculture more sustainable:

Seeding the Future

The Guardian reports that the film Seeds of Time documents the challenges agriculture faces from climate change and natural disasters. For example, the current drought in California is wreaking havoc in an area where many of America’s crops are grown. The film emphasizes the risks of industrial agriculture’s reliance on monocultures—a practice that caused the

The Thirstiest Foods on Earth

As state officials ponder ways to address one of the most severe droughts California has ever had, focus is turning to the water needed to produce some of America’s favorite foods. The Los Angeles Times reports that producing foods derived from animals requires enormous amounts of water. Some of the thirstiest foods are beef, pork,

A Bumper Crop of Plastic

Many consumers believe they are being eco-conscious by eating locally sourced food and buying organic fruits and vegetables. However, both organic farms and conventional farms are wreaking havoc on the environment through their use of plastic, Ensia reports. U.S. agriculture uses approximately one billion pounds of plastic per year; only 10% of that plastic is

New Crops in the Silicon Valley

The Economist reports that new Silicon Valley startups are developing novel plant-based food products aimed at people who consume meat and dairy products, not vegetarians and vegans. The demand for meat, eggs, and dairy products is rising, yet animal farming is said to be detrimental to the environment and, in some cases, even inhumane. Each

A “Whey” to Sustainability

The demand for Greek yogurt has increased significantly within the past five years, but the process to produce Greek yogurt creates acid whey, which can be injurious to the environment. The International Business Times reports that Greek yogurt manufacturers have been investigating ways to discard acid whey responsibly. Scientists at the Wisconsin Center for Dairy