Hunger engulfs almost a billion of the globe's citizens but inadequate nutrition is an even broader epidemic that consumes millions of healthy lives, from the richest nations to the poorest subsistence farmers.
Organisms like zebra mussels enter lakes and waterways through commercial shipping and recreational boating. Other species, like Asian carp, are imported without considering the potential risks and are introduced to the ecosystem.
I stood there bewildered for a moment. Sure, I watch as much Planet Earth as any other person, but I had never seen a vicious act of nature in person before. In that instant, I came to the realization that I didn't really have it that bad.
Eat well this Labor Day. Thank our food chain colleagues for their sacrifices. But with that thanks, also make a shared commitment for a food system based on justice and health and not one that can verge on exploitation.