Setback for Organic Livestock & Poultry

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Last year I wrote a featured article on the proposed updates to the National Organic Program livestock and poultry regulations that would have covered animal living conditions, animal care, transport, and slaughter. These proposed standards reflect 15 years of discussion, feedback, and support from consumers, organic producers, and certifiers. The rules were designed to provide greater clarity and specific guidelines to help […]

Ag/Water Nexus

Posted Posted in environment, MIIS, Science, writing

Lessons from the Central Coast The Central Coast is home to some of the most productive agriculture land in the world, accounting for over $5 billion in direct economic output in 2011 in Monterey County alone. Yet it’s also a biodiversity hotspot, and home to the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary which attracts divers and vacationers from around the world. Water is […]

DPMI

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First things first… what’s with all the acronyms at MIIS? Oh man, I just used another one! Seriously though, the school has an acronym (MIIS), my degree has an acronym (IEP) and this cool program I did over my j-term has an acronym (DPMI). But what exactly does it mean? Well, I’m glad you asked… Development Project Management Institute. But what exactly does that […]

Without a Trace…

Posted Posted in CBE, MIIS

It’s officially here! All my hard work this summer has come together in one report that was printed and announced yesterday! Without a Trace II: An Updated Summary of Traceability Efforts in the Seafood Industry can be downloaded using that link or on this page. It’s an expanded (50 pages, to be exact) version of the original report, that summarizes everything from […]

MSC eco-labeling works!

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A new study out today shows that MSC eco-labeling actually works! Eco-labeling reliably conveys information to seafood consumers on the health of fish stocks and, from a statistical point of view, MSC-certified seafood is 3-5 times less likely to be subject to harmful fishing. Gutierrez et al. found that 74% of MSC certified eco-label fisheries were above maximum sustainable yield biomass levels, compared […]

Sustainable Seafood is Healthier

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According to a study out of Arizona State University, sustainable seafood is healthier than unsustainable seafood. The study has been getting a fair amount of press (HuffingtonPost, ScienceDaily, treehugger), and Fish Wise wrote a great blog on the topic talking about seafood consumption patterns in the United States and some of the confounding factors involved.  

Guest blogger for FishWise

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I wrote a guest post for the FishWise blog! My post was a review of the journal article entitled “Global Cooperation among Diverse Organizations to Reduce Illegal Fishing in the Southern Ocean.” As it turns out, collaboration between diverse organizations can go a long way toward addressing international governance issues. In fact, the authors ended by saying that this one case […]