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The Aquaculture Controversy in Canada

Activism, Policy, and Contested Science

The farming of aquatic organisms is one of the most promising but controversial new industries in Canada. The industry has the potential to solve food supply problems, but critics believe it poses unacceptable threats to human health, local communities, and the environment. This book is not about the methods and techniques of aquaculture, but it is an exploration of the controversy itself. The authors present the controversy as a multi-layered conflict about knowledge, rights, and development. Comprehensive and balanced, this book addresses one of the most contentious public policy and environmental issues facing the world today.

304 pages

Table of Contents


Part 1: A High-Speed Collision: Aquaculture as Intersection and Metaphor

1 Aquaculture in a Global Context

2 Aquaculture in a Local Context

Part 2: Knowledge Battlefield

3 Knowledge Battlefield: Science, Framing, and “Facts”

4 Knowledge Warriors? Experts and the Aquaculture Controversy

5 Media and the Knowledge Battlefield / with Mary Liston

Part 3: Political Economy

6 Aquaculture and Community Development

7 Governing Aquaculture





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