Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pigs, Chinese factories, and tilapia fish in Haiti

Here's an article about an upcoming limitation on antibiotic abuse in US livestock farming. This is a topic I've discussed before, because when antibiotics are overused in agriculture, they become less effective for treating human disease.

Here's an article about a change in Chinese manufacturing toward producing higher-value products. I think this is a good thing; as some of the article's quotes point out, any country that really wants to develop as a good place to live needs to move beyond a focus on low-end manufacturing. However, as this report on small-scale low carbon innovations points out, the Chinese and the rest of us would be mistaken to equate high-tech with high-value. Often the best innovation comes from regular people and farmers combining old technologies in new ways.

Here's a video and article about an Ivorian who promotes tilapia fish farming in Haiti. I like to see what's called South-South cooperation, which is when people from different poor countries help each other with development issues. I also think it's funny that the African guy speaks English with a Haitian accent. I'm a bit worried about the ecological effects of releasing a non-native species in natural lakes, because sometimes that can lead to a collapse of other species (which ultimately affects the well-being of people that rely on those other species for livelihoods, clean water, etc.). But I think a lot of people operate in Haiti under the assumption that the natural ecosystems are already so degraded that there is no need to be cautious with things like species introductions.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice and informative blog posting. Among all the fish, tilapia fish is Awesome! Tilapia fish farming is very profitable and easy. I like this fish very much for it's unique taste and nutritional value.