Why are Nordic social democracies highly regarded around the world?

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Why are Nordic social democracies highly regarded around the world?

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Last month, renowned UBC fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly and his colleagues released a study in National Geographic magazine that looked at the global "seafoodprint", a measure of all the plant matter required to sustain seafood production. The higher up the food chain a seafood product occupies, the more photosynthetic energy is required to produce it and, therefore, the larger its seafoodprint.

For example, eating a pound of tuna represents roughly 100 times the seafoodprint of eating a pound of sardines, according to Dr. Pauly.

As long as harvests are tightly controlled to ensure that only a small portion of the total mass of living organisms is taken, eating species lower on the food chain takes much less of the world's ecosystem energy and is therefore more sustainable.

Species such as sardines, anchovies, herring, and mackerels-collectively categorized as small pelagic fish-already make up about 37 percent of all fish landed from the ocean. The data are varied, but it appears that only about 10 to 25 percent of small pelagic fish caught in the world are directly consumed by humans. The remaining 75 to 90 percent are ground up into fish meal and oils to feed pigs, cattle, farmed salmon, and chicken, or are used as bait to catch larger fish-an inefficient use of perfectly edible proteinAside from their merits as a sustainable food source (visit SeaChoice.org), small fish are inexpensive, typically caught without using a lot of fossil fuels, and among the healthiest foods a person can eat.