Published on November 6th, 2013 | by Todd Smekens0
Salmon Farming: Is it Killing Canada’s Salmon Industry?
MUNCIE, Indiana – We’ve talked about the cozy relationships between industry and our federal government. Lobby groups for corporate America spend millions of dollars lobbying Washington and Hoosier to make sure politicians are catering to their best interest. America isn’t the only country who suffers from this influence as the video we found uncovers that Canada’s salmon farming industry is killing off their own natural salmon populations.
In fact, our cozy relationships go beyond lobbying groups since we have politicians appointing industry professionals to regulatory agencies, and then they move from regulatory agency into elected officials offices as staffers then back into industry. We even see them meeting with government leaders from around the globe to negotiate secret trade agreements.
It’s so bad in Washington, they call it the ‘revolving door’ inside the Beltway in D.C. According to OpenSecrets, “It’s through a door—a revolving door that shuffles former federal employees into jobs as lobbyists, consultants and strategists just as the door pulls former hired guns into government careers. While officials in the executive branch, Congress and senior congressional staffers spin in and out of the private and public sectors, so too does privilege, power, access and, of course, money.”
We’re not sure where the revolving door enter in Canada, but when it comes to the salmon industry, Canada can get very defensive. However, it appears their government choose Big Industry farms over the natural salmon returning from the ocean to inland waterways. We’re pretty sure business is secondary to ensuring our environment is preserved so it can support our natural habitat. When our natural habitat is dying within its own system – it’s a red flag.
It should be in the best interest of government and the people it serves to protect our environment and look at the obvious red flags, but we’re learning that is not a fiscal priority. This is why Muncie Voice appreciates the work of our environmental activists who draw attention to the injustices and raise awareness of their neighbors. The level of apathy to our own destruction of our environment goes beyond shameful into the category of foolishness.
We pretend to be religious people, but when our natural environment – earth and its ecological systems – cry out for our help, we bury our heads in the sand – denial – we ignore the obvious warning signs.
Until a significant group of people begin moving behind a subject, no change will occur. In fact, we are convinced that Big Industry and government leaders they own rely on our apathy.
Back to the specific case in Canada, diseases from the farm raised salmon are infecting salmon returning from the ocean by the thousands in Canada. The infected salmon are too weak to make their pilgrimage up the streams to spawning locations. When activists test the dying salmon along the streams, they are discovering a common disease and scientists who work for the government and outside the government are tracing it back to the salmon farms.
Needless to say, it’s not good for Big Industry or government. Check out the short video to see the similarities of how Canada handles their situation and what we witness in the USA. Why should you care? If you watch the video, you’ll find where some of the salmon were tested for these diseases. Be informed.