Norway, British Columbia (Farming Atlantic Salmon in the Pacific)

norwaybcheaderIn February 2006, Deconstructing Dinner aired an episode that explored salmon farming off the coast of British Columbia. Three years later, we revisited the topic and created this multi-part series. Highlights of the Norway, British Columbia series include a tour of an Atlantic salmon hatchery near Campbell River and a salmon farm off the shores of East Thurlow Island. Featured throughout the series are interviews with industry, government, First Nations and conservation groups. The controversy surrounding the placing of an ‘organic’ label on a package of salmon is also explored alongside the prospects of genetically-engineered salmon entering into B.C. waters.

Farmed Salmon Arrive in Ottawa (Norway, British Columbia VII)

Over the past year, Deconstructing Dinner has spent an increasing amount of time focusing on the discussions that take place on food and farming within Canada’s parliamentary committees. Today, we visit with a previously unexplored committee on the show – the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, where, in the past few months, the subject…

Farming in the City XIII / Updates on ‘Norway, British Columbia’ & ‘A Dinner Date With the Olympics’

Farming in the City XIII (Backyard Chickens X) In November 2009, a panel discussion on urban agriculture was hosted by Backyard Bounty and the University of Guelph. The event was called Opportunities for Action: An Urban Agriculture Symposium and Deconstructing Dinner partner station CFRU recorded the panel. This episode hears from two of the panelists…

Norway, British Columbia V (“Organic” Salmon?)/ Co-operatives: Alternatives to Industrial Food VI

Norway, British Columbia V (“Organic” Salmon?) The presence of open net-cage salmon farms are an ongoing and contentious debate off the coast of British Columbia and around the world where such farms exist. Norway, Chile, Scotland and Canada are some of the most notable locations for these controversial operations. By all accounts these farms are…

Norway, British Columbia IV (Farming Atlantic Salmon in the Pacific)

In October 2008, host Jon Steinman spoke with wildlife biologist Alexandra Morton who was in the midst of taking the Province of British Columbia and Marine Harvest Canada to B.C. Supreme Court. Morton was challenging the ongoing regulation of the industry by the Province, arguing that the Province is not constitutionally permitted to do so.…

Norway, British Columbia III (Farming Atlantic Salmon in the Pacific)

In October 2008, host Jon Steinman was toured around a salmon farm along with delegates of the 2008 conference of the Canadian Farm Writers Federation. The tour was sponsored by the Province of British Columbia’s Ministry of Agriculture & Lands and the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA). The farm is owned by Marine Harvest…

Norway, British Columbia – Harvesting the Atlantic in the Pacific

The BC salmon aquaculture industry has been one of the most criticized in the province. Nevertheless , the industry continues to expand and both the provincial and federal government continue to promote it. The opposition is led by The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) – a 9-member organization composed of First Nations groups, the fishing community…