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Environmental Impacts of Food Waste: Blog #2    People are often taught “don’t let your eyes be bigger than you stomach,” in order to prevent wasting food. More often than not, the reason people do not want to waste food is because they feel that if they waste food products then they are essentially wasting money. But how many people are concerned about their food consumption form an environmental perspective? The environmental impacts caused by food waste are increasing rapidly and are becoming more and more of a concern in Canada.

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For this second blog post, I chose a short documentary by VICE INTL on the world of illegal blast-fishing in Montenegro, explaining the social, economic and environmental causes and effects of an undeniably destructive trade. In spite of this fact, it is perfectly understandable why fishermen resort to blast-fishing methods. In an interview with an anonymous blast-fisherman, or nobelite, they stated that using just 3-4 blast caps (with 50-60g of dynamite each) secures about 300-400 kilos of fish and a profit of €1500.

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    Most people are very familiar with vaccinations; whether they have children that were vaccinated at birth, they remember themselves vaccinated or someone they know being vaccinated. It is a typical that the majority of people have received vaccines because, this is what we have been taught to be the best practice. There have been many requirements throughout the world, requiring students to be vaccinated to attend school.

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Ryan Smith                                                                 Decline of Wild Bee Podcast

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In the City of Toronto, a new elevated park has been proposed to be built across the railway tracks in the downtown core. With the addition of Rail Deck Park, it would increase the amount of green space in the area, which is lacking compared to other parts of Toronto. According to interviewed citizens living downtown, many agree that a park is much needed in the area. The drawback however is the hefty price tag associated with the development: $1.05 billion dollars (CAD).

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If someone were to ask you what ideas first come to mind when the phrase biodiversity loss is mentioned, many people immediately think: habitat loss, invasive species, competition, poor resource management or hunting. All five topics are prime causes of biodiversity loss of wildlife across Canada and are mentioned in one short but really important news article.

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CBC News posted an article titled “Beef’s environmental costs called exceptionally high” which connects the idea that our lifestyle choices are essential in determining our impact on the environment. In summary, this article examines the process of beef production and how this dietary choice impacts earth’s processes and our natural resources.

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