In the 20s, Prof. Simon Kuznet created a measure of the value produced by a single country in a specific year: the Gross Domestic Product (The GDP). Being at the end of the Second Industrial Revolution, and still having much to gain in terms of “material wellness,” the GDP proved to be very useful to measure the development of a Country. Since then the growth of GDP has been the main mission of almost every Country in the world. But now that we are overexploiting our planet and that, at least for some Countries, material wellbeing is too excessive, we need another index, which will help us to put our impact (our footprint) on the environment into control. Increasing GDP is no longer the priority.
As much significant as worrying this indicator, the Fishing Dependence Day, which this year fell on 31st March. In other words, in just three months, we have eaten as much fish as Italy (within its basins) can produce (catch) in a year. This means that Italy produces just 25% of the fish its citizens consume. It is not self-sufficient in terms of fishing! However, it is not just the single data to worry…It is the trend! Italy self-sufficiency in terms of fish has dropped from 50% to 25% in the 1990-2015 period. A more sustainable approach is needed both in the fishing industry and in the consumption of fish. Let’s have a look at data and let’s see what can be done so as to make the fishing industry more sustainable.
What happens if the pesticide used to protect the plant from the pest becomes even more dangerous than the parasite itself to human health and the biological heritage of the area. This is the case of “glyphosate,” an element used in many pesticides since 1974, particularly in the USA, but which, according to some studies, could prove toxicity for the environment and detrimental to health.
By Dario Ruggiero (June 2016)
Since the mid-1990s, the internet has made great progress (it is said that the internet use has grown by 100 times since 1995) and now is a very important element of (almost a necessity for) our life.
By Dario Ruggiero (May 2015)
This article is neither against doctors nor Pharmaceutical companies. It is not a tool to promote alternative medicine, as well. The ultimate goal of this article is to improve the relationship between patients and the specialists who are supposed to assist them in taking care of their health. There are more way to do so.