Jul 30, 2009 | 6
The globe’s fisheries have taken a deep nose-dive in the past few decades. But a new paper, to be published in tomorrow’s Science, finds that improved management is finally beginning to pull some stocks back from the brink.
Fish stocks increased in five out of the 10 systems studied, the authors report in the two-year study.
“This paper shows that our oceans are not a lost cause,” lead study author Boris Worm, of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, said in a prepared statement. “It’s only a start—but it gives me hope that we have the ability to bring over-fishing under control.”
In 2006, Worm had predicted a full collapse of global fisheries by 2048.
Mar 24, 2009
Bestselling food author and backyard naturalist Michael Pollan says that for the first time in decades, farms in the U.S. are on the rise. Since the 1940s, the number of farms across the country has been in steady decline, as ag giants gobble up acres, and family farms struggle to compete in a global market. But according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) most recent census, released last month, more than 75,000 farms popped up between 2002 and 2007—an increase of 4 percent.
The growth comes despite the 39 percent increase in production costs between 2002 and 2007. The biggest hike was in money spent on gasoline and fuel, which surged 93 percent to $6.7 billion a year. Funds spent on fertilizer grew to $9.8 billion, a jump of 86 percent. In his writing and public appearances, Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and a journalism professor at University of California, Berkeley, has extolled the virtues of foods that are raised outside of the industrial-agricultural system.
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