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Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Froehlich believes seafood consumption will eventually replace a considerable amount of land-based meat production, and she hopes to quantify the extent to which this could alleviate agricultural pressures on land and water resources.

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One of the great fears of the future is impending threat of starvation. Things to consider. 
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A Brief Medical History Of The Cranberry

A Brief Medical History Of The Cranberry | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Is there a less alluring fruit than this impenetrably tart berry? From its inelegant bog origins to its dowdy association with Pilgrims, there's nothing sexy about cranberries.
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The world eats cheap bacon at the expense of North Carolina’s rural poor

Pork has always been important to North Carolina’s economy. It was among 16 commodities used as legal tender by colonists in the early 1700s, and for almost as long, farmers and their neighbors have been fighting over how the animals should be managed. Today, the industry accounts for close to $8 billion a year in revenue and 46,000 full-time jobs in production and processing, according to the North Carolina Pork Council, making the state the second largest pork producer in the US.


Accompanying all those swine is a lot of waste—hogs produce two-to-five times as much waste as humans. North Carolina does not release exactly how much manure is produced a year, and Smithfield declined to disclose how much its pigs produce, but estimates range between 15.5 million tons (pdf, p. 5) for the state’s top five pork producing counties to 2.53 billion gallons for the whole state. The nearly 2.3 million hogs raised in Duplin County generated twice as much waste as the entire city of New York (p.11) in 2007, the nonprofit Food and Water Watch estimates.

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This article could lead to deeper understanding of systems and the idea that there is no such thing as a free (or cheap) lunch. There are almost always victims in our economy. Food production is no exception.

 

What does this say about the relationship between democracy and capitalism? What are some easy solutions to the problems in this article? What are some predictions of unintended consequences? 

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