How a Sardine Surplus in India May Change Our Daily Diet

Ok so not directly, but this article below highlights how changes in the world are allowing a “redrawing” of global resources. With climate changes, more places around the globe are seeing an abundance in some foods and opportunities to grow other new foods. Hit the jump to see some of these connections.

By Christine Chiao

Sardines may not be what’s for regular seafood dinners in Los Angeles, unlike in Mumbai where there is plenty to be found at a local wholesale fish market. There is a more direct tie, however, between L.A. and Mumbai seafood supplies than a comparison of what goes onto one’s dinner plate. As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, the glut of sardines in the Indian Ocean is a snapshot of greater shifts in both food provenance and distribution the world over.

As a result of a rise in temperature, sardines are becoming more common at Indian markets; the traditional maple syrup season is shortening in the United States; and England is witnessing a Mediterranean climate fit for growing olives, grapes, and apricots. These are just a few flashpoints redrawing the global map of food resources.

A small, oily fish from the herring family, sardines used to be a power player in California’s commercial fishery. That was until they were almost extinct from overfishing. In L.A., a series of ebbs and flows in sardine supply has historically had a significant effect on the fishing industry. By 1905, for one thing, tuna canning had become more prominent due to a decrease of sardines, according to a timeline from the Port of Los Angeles.

[Source: LA Weekly]

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