Continuing the conversation

At lunch we started talking about fish, and how you shouldn’t buy some kinds ‘cos of over-fishing and conservation reasons.

Which reminded me of a TV report on EU fish factory ships fishing legally and illegally of the coast of West Africa.

I wondered out loud if improved European buyer habits will make a difference at all. Considering the fact that China is buying up Africa’s resources in a huge way and probably has far less misgivings than its Western counterparts.

Reminded me of one report on Zaire’s collapse into disarray many years ago, which stated that the lack of a strong government means easier access to resources.

But there’s no way around conscientious shopping in today’s global world:

Check the packaging before buying groceries and buy local. Fact is, if the real environmental costs of production and transport are added to the pricing, local products would be competitive again.

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