ISTANBUL — "Balik ekmek! Balik ekmek!" (Fish bread! Fish bread!) yell the vendors tucked under Istanbul's Galata Bridge, dishing out fish sandwiches to hordes of hungry locals and tourists much as they have for decades. But frozen mackerel from Norway or imports from Morocco are more likely to fill the onion, lettuce and pickle stuffed buns than a fresh catch from the Bosphorus or Marmara Sea.
Once rich fishing grounds in seas and waterways the size of New Zealand, Turkish fish production is in sharp decline, a victim of commercial ambitions and lax regulation.
(Reuters) - "Balik ekmek! Balik ekmek!" (Fish bread! Fish bread!) yell the vendors tucked under Istanbul's Galata Bridge, dishing out fish sandwiches to hordes of hungry locals and tourists much as they have for decades.
Steve Paikin recently talked to The Agenda's David Erwin and journalist Ali Morrow, who both recently visited Turkey, about that country's potential and problems. Topics included Turkey's mix of western and Muslim cultural influences, its dynamic economy, concerns over political corruption and authoritarianism, and a potential catastrophe looming for Turkey's crucial fishing industry.
WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – U.S. policy to boost the use of fuel from renewable sources is generating additional greenhouse gas emissions due to rising trade in ethanol between the United States and Brazil, rather than lowering emissions as intended, research by Thomson Reuters Foundation shows.
Climate change and food security advocates want creepy-crawlies hitherto loved mostly by gardeners and photographers to find their way onto the world’s dinner plates. But it may be an uphill battle before steak is replaced by cricket soufflé.
THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/ALERTNET: Warming drives worrying surge in Arctic fishing, March 14, 2013
Climate change may be good news for the Arctic fishing industry over the next few years, but it could spell long-term disaster for one of the world’s most promising yet fragile fisheries.
FINANCIAL POST: Analysis: Buyer beware, not all green certifications are created equal, February 28, 2013
Certification schemes have grown in popularity as businesses race to build a profile as good corporate citizens. But, as recent developments in the construction industry suggest, this approach to corporate social responsibility may be more complicated, more costly and less effective than it needs to be.
If corporate social responsibility (CSR) is such a great idea, then why can’t half of Canada’s private companies be bothered?
For nearly two decades, the fair trade movement figured it knew how to help farmers in poor countries: Find cooperative farms owned by farmers themselves, audit them on fair labor and environmental practices, and help them sell their food in rich markets. It’s worked, too. The black-and-white label — a little farmer holding two bowls in front of a globe — has become one of America’s hottest food brands. Now it’s time for the movement to get more business-friendly, without abandoning its cooperative roots.
"Fair trade" labels are popping up on more and more store shelves across Canada. Nearly 40 per cent of Canadian shoppers recognize the little farmer with outstretched arms as a sign that their coffee, tea or cocoa has been produced in the developing world according to strong labour and environmental standards. The symbol appeared on $275-million worth of products sold in Canada in 2011. But as the label becomes a consumer mainstay, a schism in the fair trade movement is diluting what the term means.