Thursday, January 28, 2010
In his book The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy,writer, activist and academic Raj Patel raises the question: if economics is about choices, who gets to make them? Patel writes about economics, but also about the social and ecological effects of the global market. Then, sea life around the world is suffering under the strain of insatiable fishing by humans, and scientists predict that most of our known fish species could be extinct by the middle of this century. Barton Seaver is a Washington DC-based chef who supports sustainable seafood and puts those beliefs into action at his restaurant, Blue Ridge. Charles Clover is an environmental journalist, an author and a protagonist of the film The End of the Line which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. The film warns of the potential devastation of our known sea creatures if we don’t address overfishing. Seaver and Clover are part of a global effort to raise awareness of overfishing, to pressure politicians to take action, and to encourage a responsible relationship between consumers and the sea creatures that we love to eat.