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Is it a bit sad to be moved to tears by tuna?

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LupusinaLlamasuit Sun 14-Jun-09 21:06:05

Well, not quite tears; more shiny eyed dampness. On South Pacific.

Oh, the melodrama.

The devastation of industrial fishing.

The nobility of line-catching, a battle between equals.

The beautiful photography.

The smallness of humanity in the face of nature, yet the moronic juggernaut of modernity.

The passion of the Greenpeace boats against the evil over-fishers.

Oh. Just me then. I'll get my coat and go and have a lie down. grin

Portofino Sun 14-Jun-09 21:15:44

Definitely not! I've watched a few of those programmes recently - name escapes me - where they have sent people of to asia to catcht tuna/prawns/chickens and prepare them for sale.

It is god awful the life that these people have. It has put me completely off tuna and i will be ensuring in future that any prawns and chicken that i buy come more locally.

Part of me thinks this is bad, as I might be depriving people of their living. Truth is, we expect to have these things so cheap now, the market is set up to provide it. It is truly tragic.

streakybacon Mon 15-Jun-09 08:16:14

I watched it too Lupus. It was very sad viewing sad.

Thunderduck Mon 15-Jun-09 14:57:20

It is worse if you stop buying the products, then they'll lose their jobs.

I remember a Ghananian man coming to talk to our Modern Studies class in H.S, and he spoke to use about the chocolate industry. He spoke of the problems associated with it, but asked us not to stop buying it as then the workers would receive no money.

Instead he asked us to try to buy fairtrade chocolate whenever possible, and to write to the manufacturers saying you'd be willing to pay more for Fair trade products and writing to supermarkets to ask them to stock more fairtrade products.

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