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SEA OF PLASTIC

ALMERIA, EL EJIDO, SPAIN

FACTS

MOST PARTS FOR PROFIT
WATER IS SCARCE
INHUMAN WORKING CONDITIONS
BIG COMPANIES BEAT DOWN PRICES
USE OF CHEMICALS

 

HUNGER IS NOT ONLY CAUSED BY OVER POPULATION. RATHER BY GREED OF BIG CORPORATIONS, BUYING GOODS FOR HARDLY ANYTHING, SELLING FOR THE HIGHEST PRICE WITH ONLY PROFIT IN MIND. LIKE IT HAPPENS IN MOST PART OF THE PLASTIC SEA IN ALMERIA WITH VEGETABLES AND FRUITS. REGARDLESS OF THE EFFECTS ON THE SMALL FARMERS, WORKERS, LOCAL POPULATION AND CONSUMERS. THE GREENHOUSES, WHICH IS BUILT IN A FORMER DESERT, IS A PRIME EXAMPLE FOR INHUMAN WORKING CONDITIONS AND RECKLESSLY DEALING WITH RESOURCES, LIKE WATER.

 

SINCE THE 80IES THE SMALL COASTAL PLAIN HAS DEVELOPED THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF GREENHOUSES IN THE WORLD, COVERING 35,000 HECTARE WITH ROUGHLY 40.000 GREENHOUSES. MORE THAN HALF OF EUROPE´S DEMAND OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE GROWN UNDER THE PLASTIC SHADES, WHICH ARE OFTEN OWNED BY FAMILIES. MOST OF THEM HAVE TO WORK VERY HARD TO SURVIVE BECAUSE TRANSNATIONAL COMPANIES DUMP THE PRICES. GERMANY IS THE BIGGEST BUYER, CONSUMING MORE THAN 580 TONS A YEAR.
 

EVEN THOUGH THE USE OF CHEMICALS IS UNDER STRONG CRITICISM, ITS USE IS EVIDENTLY CONTINUES. A LOT OF ILLEGAL WORKERS OR MIGRANTS ARE EMPLOYED BY THE GREENHOUSE OWNERS. NOT PAID A FAIR WAGE OR GIVEN PROTECTIVE SUITS FOR WORKING WITH PESTICIDES THEY USE ON THE PLANTS. LOTS OF THE MIGRANTS LIVE IN PLASTIC TENTS, MADE OF THE WASTE OF THE GREENHOUSES.

HOWEVER, IN THIS VAST PLASTIC SEA, FULL OF SECRETS AND CLOSED DOORS,  WE FOUND ORGANIC FARMERS, AS WELL. THEY PRODUCE CLEAN, NON-TOXIC VEGETABLES THROUGH THE USE OF INSECTS FOR PEST CONTROL AND BUMBLEBEES FOR NATURAL POLLINATION.
MAY THATS THE ANSWER TO OUR QUESTION?

THE SEA OF PLASTIC CONTINUES TO GROW

FISH CULTURE

NORDLAND, NORWAY

FACTS

SECOND LARGEST FISH EXPORTER WORLDWIDE
PIONEER IN FISH-FARMING
INDUSTRY OF INNOVATION
TODAY HALF OF THE WORLD´S FISH SUPPLY IS PRODUCED IN AQUACULTURES

 

NOWADAYS HALF OF THE WORLD´S FISH SUPPLY IS GROWN IN AQUACULTURES. THEY ARE ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING BRANCHES IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY. CONTRASTING TO PREVIOUS YEARS, NOW 99,9% OF NORWEGIAN FISH ARE BREED WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS. COMPANIES PRECISELY FOLLOW DEFINED GUIDELINES. IN CONVENTIONAL ANIMAL FARMING LIKE BEEF, PIG OR CHICKEN, APPROXIMATELY 175 MG OF ANTIBIOTICS IN A KILO OF MEAT CAN BE FOUND. IN COMPARISON FISH FROM NORWAY ONLY HAS 0,00035 MG, ACCORDING TO THE NORWEGIAN SEAFOOD COUNCIL.
FISH-FARMING IS CONSIDERED TO BE A LONG TERM SOLUTION FOR THE FOOD SHORTAGE OF THE GLOBAL POPULATION. WITH RISING POPULATION WE NEED TO PRODUCE TWICE THE AMOUNT OF FOOD.

SPACE IS GETTING SCARCE BUT THERE IS PLENTY OF SEAWATER, SO FISH-FARMS CAN CONTINUE TO GROW.
ACCORDING TO THE UNITED NATIONS THE GLOBAL DEMAND OF FISH AND SEAFOOD CAN BE COVERED BY EXPANDING AQUACULTURES. FOR THIS REASON, NORWAY CONDUCTS INTENSE RESEARCH TO INCREASE PRODUCTION QUANTITIES WITHOUT HARMING ANIMALS NOR THE ENVIRONMENT. FACT IS THAT FISH-FARMS ARE A VALUABLE SUPPLIER OF ENERGY, PROTEIN AND MORE IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS FOR OUR BODIES THAT PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN FEEDING THE WORLD.

Stockfish is the oldest trading stock of Norway. It goes out to all Europe, USA and Africa. The fish-heads are being delivered directly to Nigeria, for a protein-rich fish-soup. This fish-factory in Ballstad is buying the fish directly from the producers. Cod-season is from February till April when big schools of fish come from the barent sea. Millions of cods get caught and are getting dried in the cold wind, before they leave the country.

4962 KILOMETERS

VEGETABLES PRODUCED IN ALMERIA
IN NORWAYS SUPERMARKETS
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