When we turn a blind eye to where our food comes from in the name of convenience and price, we allow others to make our choices about what kind of food system we want to have. Ignorance may be bliss, but we can no longer afford to ignore the impact of our food choices.
There are plenty of reasons to oppose genetically engineered salmon, ranging from consumer health concerns to environmental risk, but there's a larger question we need to ask. What kind of food system do we want to sustain us?
If Mr. Norquist would learn a little more about the global copper industry, he might understand that, not only is the Pebble Mine unnecessary, it is precisely what we don't need -- for renewable energy or any other of copper's countless uses today.
Pebble Mine is a risk that Anglo American can no longer afford to take. If Anglo American is looking to cut expenses, this is the perfect project to drop. Because local opposition -- and the risks associated with it -- are only increasing.
Bristol Bay demonstrates that some places should be left free of industrial development because their natural resource values, and the benefits they provide to people, outstrip short-term development values.
In the Lake and Peninsula Borough, the residents have approved a prohibition against large-scale resource extraction that would destroy or degrade salmon habitat. In a historic result against enormous odds, the Save Our Salmon initiative has prevailed.
Tuesday October 4, 2011 -- was a big day in southwest Alaska. It marked the conclusion of voting on the Save Our Salmon ("SOS") initiative being considered by the residents of the Lake and Peninsula Borough, where the massive Pebble Mine is proposed to be built.
Next year, developers plan to apply for permits for the construction of America's largest open-pit copper and gold mine, in the heart of Alaska's most valuable salmon runs. It's not too late for us to stop them if we act now.