What Can We Do as Consumers to Save the Salmon?
Ask President Obama to Save Bristol Bay, Sign Trout Unlimited’s Petition
Watch the following videos to see what's at stake.
Eat wild salmon.....
This decision affects not just Alaska, but all citizens of the planet.
Farm Bill 2012 passed the Senate, but Amendment #2310 Failed!
73 Nay votes, 26 Yea votes on the amendment that would have given consumers the right to know what is in their food. If this amendment had passed, states would have the authority to require that any food, beverage or other edible product be labeled as containing a genetically engineered or genetically modified ingredient.
Consumers have the right to know what is in the food they are eating and feeding to their families. Consumers deserve an informed choice. Ninety percent of Americans want genetically modified foods to be labeled as such. Nearly 50 countries require labels on GMOs…..Americans deserve the same level of protection and information as citizens in other nations around the world.
- Proposed Pebble Mine, Bristol Bay, Alaska
- July 2011
For the past several years exploratory drilling near Bristol Bay, Alaska has resulted in a major discovery of gold, copper and a metallic ore known as molybdenum worth an estimated value of $300 billion. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. and London-based mining group, Anglo American, are proposing to develop an open pit gold and copper mine, known as Pebble Mine, at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.
The bay is the world’s largest commercial wild salmon fishery having an estimated annual run of 40 million sockeye salmon, which generates $450 million in revenue each year and supports 10,000 jobs.
On a warm June day in 2010, CHEFnews had the opportunity to enjoy a Farm-to-Fork tour with Bay Area Green Tours. What a fun day. It started off with a delicious breakfast at Gather restaurant in Berkeley, CA. Many of the ingredients for the meal were sourced from the farms we visited later that day.
While enjoying our meal, we heard from 3 organizations that support sustainability: Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) advocates for California family farmers and sustainable agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) develops projects to support sustainable regional food and agriculture, and Berkeley Student Food Collective provides fresh, local, environmentally sustainable food at affordable prices to the Berkeley campus and greater community. Each talk was educational and inspirational.
For 3 weeks beginning in June the fishermen in Bristol Bay, Alaska, head out for the annual wild salmon fishing season, not only a long-standing tradition in this area, but also the livelihood of the Bristol Bay communities.
One of these fishermen is Carson who has fished this area for several years, but now wonders if he will be able to continue doing so in the future.
For years Bristol Bay has been the spawning grounds for several species of wild Pacific salmon, but is now being threatened by the Pebble Limited Partnership, a mining company seeking to obtain permits to build one of the world's largest gold and copper mines in the headwaters of Bristol Bay's most productive salmon spawning rivers, the Nushagak and the Kvichak.
Should We Be Eating the Diet of Our Ancestors?
by Pauli Halstead, May 2010
Evolutionary biologists have learned that all ancestral diets shared certain key ingredients. Food sources were limited to wild animals (which included brains, bone marrow, fats and organs), fish and shellfish, foraged wild plants, eggs, insects, nuts, seeds and wild berries. The primitive diet provided the nutrient dense balance for the critical metabolic processes, which allowed our ancestors to thrive, reproduce, and pass their genes on to subsequent generations.