Breena Weller

Eugene, OR, United States

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Breena Weller
Posted over 1 year ago
Buggin' Out: Urban Bug Farming for the Future
One more thing that I want to add, amphibians are decreasing at a pretty high rate and they are a huge pest control. If many amphibians become extinct, and insect numbers get out of control, eating bugs would be a great way to keep bugs at a reasonable level.
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Breena Weller
Posted over 1 year ago
Buggin' Out: Urban Bug Farming for the Future
Just to comment on the "why do we have a need for high protein sources that animals or insects?" We don't. I am vegan and rarely eat tofu. Yes I do consume some soy products but I try to stay away from them for reasons like Monsanto and the fact that most soy products are highly processed. There are plenty of grains and vegetables that contain high amounts of protein and we do not need to consume animal protein. But if the entire world decided to all the sudden go vegetarian or vegan, we would need a high increase in produce which would take up land, water, and let's face it, chemicals. For future we need to think of some food source that will take up less water and space. Bugs are the prefect compromise. I understand that it can be hard to stomach the idea of eating bugs, cause I am personally not too fond of the idea, but if I were presented with bug tacos, or a bug lasagna I bet it would taste great! And it is all a cultural thing. If we try I bet we can get the idea of eating bugs to be no problem in twenty or thirty years
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Breena Weller
Posted over 1 year ago
Can urban beehives increase food production?
There are food products that do fine without the pollination of bees. But there are a lot that do not. Bees are responsible for pollinating approximately "$15 billion in agricultural crops each year." They pollinate over 100 different crops. So they definitely impact food production. California uses over 1.3 million colonies for crop pollination. Food production would not halt without bees but it would be much less diverse. Here's an easy to read fact website about bees http://www.helpthehoneybees.com/presskit/bee_facts.html
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Breena Weller
Posted over 1 year ago
Can urban beehives increase food production?
I would like to think that it doesn't have to be that far off in the future. I think the first step would be informing the general population about the benefit of bees and that they do not need to be feared. We could start teaching kids the basic importance about bees in elementary school and get more in depth in high school. I think getting more people aware of what is going on would be the first step and then with enough people on board the government will have to follow our lead.
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Breena Weller
Posted over 1 year ago
Can urban beehives increase food production?
It would be cool to see cities make an initiative for bee keeping. Like have a specific number of bee farms that would be beneficial to that area and pay people so much extra per year, or give a tax break to those keeping bees on their property. I think that it would make bee populations increase in cities and make people more aware that it is a problem that needs to be addressed. And that bees are not to be feared but honored for the job they do pollinating our plants.
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Breena Weller
Posted over 1 year ago
Will the Belo Monte Dam project on the Amazon River cause more harm to the environment or will it be a good source of energy for Brazil?
I believe it goes beyond allowing Brazil to run their own country. With the CO2 levels as high as they are and with the amount of pollution in the world it becomes everyones problem when something like the Belo Monte Dam is about to be constructed. We cannot afford to lose such a valuable ecosystem. And with the methane emissions that will be produced and emitted into the atmosphere I think that this becomes everyones problem.
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Breena Weller
Posted over 1 year ago
Will the Belo Monte Dam project on the Amazon River cause more harm to the environment or will it be a good source of energy for Brazil?
Belo Monte Dam construction is already underway in the Xingu River. According to amzonwatch.org up to 40,000 people could be displaced. The Brazilian government claims that the dam will produce clean energy but what about the methane emissions that are produced? And then 30% of the energy will be going to mining companies which cause pollution and deforestation. The effects from building this dam and all the other ones that will be incorporated along with it, including two canals bigger than the Panama Canal, will be devastating and could be irreversible. It will "pave the way" for more roads, mining, and deforestation. If the Brazilian government has already started with the construction is it too late to stop them? They obviously do not care about the impacts of their actions or the effects the Belo Monte Dam Project will have on people, wildlife, and ecosystems. All that matters is the money. How can they be stopped?