welcome to FERN’s Friday Stream (#FFF), where we share stories from this week that got us thinking.
Here is the aquapolis
“The drive to restore – even reproduce – wetlands is now global. In the UK, the WWT plans to restore 100,000 hectares… of wetlands in the next three decades. China has also made great progress,” writes Tom Blass. “Central to a landmark ‘new city’ project in Shandong Province, for example, was that a degraded lake wetland landscape covering about 39 km2 should be restored in such a way that the birds and fish return, and the social benefits, such as better water management, flow to the urban environment. The project director told the magazine Metropolisin 2016, that ‘[by] By maintaining existing wetland functions, improving entertainment and service facilities, and providing wetland science education and ecotourism, we support the development of the city.
Farm workers need organization, not the pageantry of a march
The New York Times
“Workers need to be convinced that joining a union is worth the risk. It takes more than steps,” writes Miriam Pawel. “This Labor Day weekend, we see these struggles unfold successfully across the country in the warehouses of Amazon, Starbucks, a winery on Long Island. California farmworkers, mostly Latinos and often undocumented, need a union that will take on the hard work of real organizing.
The surreal abundance of Alaska’s permafrost farms
the new yorker
“The interior of Alaska, a stretch of forests and wetlands surrounded by mountains that includes the Tanana Valley and is larger than the state of Montana, is part of the ‘climate-driven agricultural frontier,’ a term coined by scientists, in 2020, to describe places that will become suitable for staple crops in the next forty to sixty years,” writes Yasmin Tayag. “Fifty to ninety percent of the interior of the Alaska has permafrost underneath, which means the ground has been frozen for at least two consecutive years. polar regions are warming faster than the rest of the planet.
India’s pearl farming boom
“The Indian government is promoting pearl fishing as part of its Blue Revolution, a plan to modernize the country’s fishing industry. Under this scheme, the government pays half the cost of setting up a pearl pond, and so far the Department of Fisheries has provided financial support for 232 pearl ponds. “Pearl farming is one of the most lucrative aquaculture activities and the government is encouraging farmers to engage in this business,” says Jujjavarapu Balaji, joint secretary for marine fisheries.
Ready for the “chaos kitchen”?
“[L]Recently, a new breed of restaurants and pop-ups have started serving not just fusion, but the aggressive, weird, troll fusion that is too caring, incredibly well received and really good,” writes Jaya Saxena. “There are cheeseburger arancini, Big Mac pizza, pastrami tacos, tandoori spaghetti, masala cheese steaks, and cookie and gravy pierogies. There’s Cajun red beans and rice over nachos and chorizo and queso over popcorn. It is not the fusion of Italian cuisine with Japanese technique and a delicious touch of soy sauce. They’re big, gooey, macho menus that look like four kitchens stuck in the Large Hadron Collider on a challenge. It’s the kitchen of chaos. And its practitioners just want everyone to relax on the food.