Things: Tuna, Lawns

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Big honkin’ fish.

Chapter 13 explores the issues surrounding the history of tuna, including overharvesting and bycatch. Tuna are particularly known for the issues related to dolphin bycatch, the consumer boycott of tuna, and the eventual “dolphin safe” labels that now appear on the vast majority of tuna products. This chapter will address the advantages and disadvantages of green consumerism, the political economy of the tuna industry, and the ethics of marine species and ecosystem management.

Tuna slides here.

Paul Robbins, John Hintz, and Sarah A. Moore, Environment & Society: A Critical Introduction (2nd edition), Chapter 13.

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We love our lawns.

Chapter 14 takes the modern lawn as its object of concern. This chapter explores why people use lawn chemicals are harmful for humans and environmental systems, even when they are aware of the threat, by understanding their use as a calculated risk (Chapter 6), a social phenomenon (Chapter 8), and a response to a particular set of political economic structures (Chapter 7).

Lawn slides here.

Paul Robbins, John Hintz, and Sarah A. Moore, Environment & Society: A Critical Introduction (2nd edition), Chapter 14.

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