Shifting Baselines

images-1.jpgThis week I am part of a sustainable seafood panel at Cultivating Appetites for Knowledge, the International Food Conference at the University of Victoria. Mark Powell wrote about the very topic of sustainable seafood last week over at blogfish. Daniel Pauly, a genius (as in: any fool can make things complicated, it takes a genius to make them simple), says that sustainability relies on only one premise: things stay the same.

Therefore, bottom trawling is inherently unsustainable because it erodes the very habitat upon which fish extracted from it depend. Shrimp trawling is also unsustainable because the high levels of bycatch will inevitably decline over time as stocks collapse. The Marine Trophic Index, a tool developed at the Sea Around Us project is one way of gauging if fisheries are staying the same. Another one is probing old-timers for shifting baselines anecdotes.

As for what to do: there is always Eating Like a Pig!

Comments

  1. #1 Mark Powell
    May 28, 2007

    Thanks for the succinct guidepost…things stay the same…I think it works. One suggested friendly amendment, in our depleted ocean of today we might want to go to the Boy Scout approach: leave the ocean better than you found it.

  2. #2 sex hikayeleri
    August 23, 2010

    I think people differ greatly on this issue. For example, if it were completely unidentifiable as my own, I would have no problem with a picture of my naked ass being posted on the Internet. Others would be absolutely horrified by the prospect.

  3. #3 erotik izle
    September 9, 2010

    The authors found that the frequencies of allergic and IgE-associated allergic disease and sensitization were similar in the children who had received probiotic and those who’d gotten placebo. Although there appeared to be a preventive effect at age 2, there was none noted at age 5. Interestingly, in babies born by cesarean section, the researchers found less IgE-associated allergic disease in those who had received the probiotic.

  4. #4 müzik dinle
    September 9, 2010

    The authors found that the frequencies of allergic and IgE-associated allergic disease and sensitization were similar in the children who had received probiotic and those who’d gotten placebo. Although there appeared to be a preventive effect at age 2, there was none noted at age 5. Interestingly, in babies born by cesarean section, the researchers found less IgE-associated allergic disease in those who had received the probiotic.

The site is currently under maintenance and will be back shortly. New comments have been disabled during this time, please check back soon.