The United States consumes more canned tuna than any other country in the world, and ranks in the top three seafood species eaten here. As a cheap source of protein, families all over the country have relied on canned tuna for decades. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize the damage many of America’s “trusted tuna brands” are doing to our oceans. Some are even failing to ensure ethical issues that plague the industry are addressed, like human rights abuses at sea.
As the seafood industry gathers in Boston this week for its annual expo, the leaders and laggards of the U.S. canned tuna market have become more apparent than ever. On March 9th, Greenpeace released its first-ever canned tuna ranking in the U.S., which examined 14 well-known brands and concluded that most do not have adequate measures in place to address the sustainability or human welfare and labor issues plaguing the industry.
Our ranking disturbingly found that the big three U.S. brands — Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea and StarKist — don’t offer a single easily identified sustainable pr上海419同城交友
LAMAR, COLO. — A third-generation farmer and rancher in southeast Colorado, Jensen Stulp lives close to the land, supporting his family on what it provides and working to keep it fertile and strong.
To protect his topsoil from blowing away in the winds off the plains, Stulp uses a kind of drill to poke holes in the ground at planting time, instead of gouging out the land with a plough. He lets his wheat fields lie fallow every other year to prevent depletion of the prairie soil. For pasture, he relies mostly on buffalo grass, a tough and resilient native plant that can stand up to blistering heat. He cuts his wheat so that knee-high stubble remains in the ground after harvest, providing valuable ground cover that helps return nutrients to the field, keep weeds at bay and capture the moisture from snow and rain.
“It’s a more natural way of farming,” Stulp explained, pausing to reflect on the link between his own livelihood and stewardship of his land alongside the old Santa Fe Trail.
“Farmers and ranchers were the first environmentalists,” he said. “We only work off what the land gives us. If we use the land the way the good Lord designed it, we’ll do better.”
Watch Jensen Stulp describe the 2012 drought impacting farmers and ranchers in the nation’s heartland.
(Photo by Melanie Blanding)
For centuries, American farmers like Stulp have nurtured the ties between nature and food, developed techniques for protecting precious resources like water and land and taken pride in their record as responsible caretakers of the land.
Seldom has all of that been more important than now.
With drought drying up 63 percent of the country as of early August, half of the country’s corn crop is in ruins, along with 60 percent of its pasture land.
(Photo by Melanie Blanding)
Lamar is bone dry; its irrigation canals dried up in early July. In late June the temperature here 爱上海shlf1314论坛
Benji the dog spent his entire life on the streets. He had never known a loving touch nor how to trust a human being.
That all changed when Benji met Eldad Hagar, co-founder of the animal rescue organization Hope for Paws.
Hagar heard about Benji’s plight and went in search of him on the streets of Los Angeles. He hoped to rescue Benji and introduce the pooch to a new life. But Hagar had his work cut out for him. Benji was extremely fearful and suspicious of humans.
“It was hard for him to trust,” said Hagar.
As the video above shows, it took time — and a short chase — before Benji could be safely rescued. The pup was then whisked off to the爱上海经典论坛
Benji had “one of the worst mattings I have ever seen in my life,” Hagar said.
For several days after the rescue, Benji was “shut off” from the world, unresponsive to affection and generally low in energy. But after hours of TLC, he began to open up.
He even made some new friends:
Hagar told The Huffington Post that Benji’s story was “one of the saddest” he’d ever encountered. However, the dog is now well on his way to a happy ending.
Benji’s “soul [has] healed,” Hagar said in the video.