Regal Farms to Establish a Fish Farm in Barbados

The Principals of Regal Farms, a start up company, who proposes to establish a fish farm in Barbados has provided the following information about the project and themselves.

Richard Alleyne (l) and David Silverbery

Richard Alleyne (l) and David Silverbery

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Regal Farms LLC, was established in September of 2012, with initial capitalization provided by the founders. The company proposes to establish a commercial scale, close-containment, fish farm on three acres of land in the Sanford section of St. Philip on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean. Regal Farms–through licensing, knowledge transfer and partial funding from Israeli-based aquaculture consultants, Aquamaof Aquaculture Industries–will establish a turnkey operation that utilizes innovative technology which conserves water, reuses waste, optimizes energy inputs and promotes greater yields. Aquamaof recently opened the largest and most advanced fish farm facility in Europe which will yield 1,200 metric tons of tilapia annually.

We at Regal Farms believe that fish farming, using sustainable practices, is a great way to increase the Caribbean region’s seafood supply while reducing pressure on our oceans.  By partnering with Aquamaof, we intend to follow a “smart aquaculture” model to produce sustainable seafood. Sustainable seafood comes from sources both wild and farmed that are healthy for our planet now and in the future. Its production occurs without harming the longterm viability of the species, the ecosystems and communities upon which production depends.  At optimal capacity operations will include: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging and marketing of barramundi.

We at Regal Farms will create a local and regional demand for this increasingly popular, non-native species–also known as Asian sea bass or sustainable sea bass.  The Regal Farms project came into being through the efforts of Richard Alleyne and David Silverberg. It is the intention of Regal Farms to construct a facility that will serve as an example to all industry on the island of energy efficient operations that produce a minimum carbon footprint and has a minimum impact on the environment.

In addition to developing a commercially successful fish farm, it is of paramount importance to Richard  and David that Regal Farms also serve as an engine for local community enterprise and overall development of the aquaculture sub-sector regionally.

With nine billion people predicted to be on our planet by year 2050, experts anticipate we’ll need a 70% increase in food production to meet all of our needs. This reality makes a strong case for the responsible stewarding of our precious natural resources, and the introduction of a food production technology that makes it possible to breed fish in a controlled environment in any country, during all seasons.

Given the current environmental and economic climate in the Caribbean region, we at Regal Farms will create a stronger, more diverse and profitable fisheries sector in Barbados by fully realizing the potential of sustainably harvested fish products through fish farming.

Through the establishment of Regal Farms, we will contribute to local GDP through local sales and by integrating ourselves regionally through the export of our products. We will create jobs through our operations: growing, harvesting and distribution. Regal Farms will form relationships with local and regional actors to promote this form of aquaculture technology and will create a public education component to our operations that will focus on teaching the next generation of Barbadians about environmentally sustainable food production.

Regal Farms will operate as a close-containment, land-based farm–a production model considered ‘the gold standard’ for sustainable aquaculture.  Regal Farms will aim to recycle and purify 99% of our system water and use our fish waste as fertilizer in an onsite hydroponics greenhouse/laboratory to grow and test various crops using our byproduct. Because Regal Farms will use a close-containment, tank-based system and not coastal cages, we will help mitigate the effects of overfishing and pollution by allowing wild stocks to replenish and coastal habitats to recover–while helping meet the increasing demand for fish products. Aside from the commercial implications and overall contributions to national GDP, the growth of this subsector could help reconnect us to the origin of our food.

FOUNDERS

Richard Alleyne: A Caribbean native, Richard is responsible for conceptualizing the Regal Farms project. He holds a BA in Political Science/International Affairs from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.  For over fifteen years Richard has succeeded in driving public awareness, advocacy and engagement for non-profit organizations and political campaigns in the New York metro area and nationally, repeatedly exceeding all goals and expectations set before him.

Most recently Richard has worked on development issues impacting children for UNICEF and has extensive experience with advocacy and public education campaigns working with the media (domestic and international), private sector, community-based organizations such as civic groups, communities of faith and the elected officials representing these constituents and stakeholders.

Richard is particularly interested in the effects of climate change and its impact on food security and economic development. He is also a proponent of “green growth”–a new approach to economic growth that puts human well-being at the center of development, while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services to support sustainable development.

Richard has honed a strong competitive advantage by providing a razor-sharp and intuitive understanding of effective brand marketing and media strategy and he possesses a leadership style to engage stakeholder groups as evidenced by:

  • Propelled the UNICEF Tap Project (clean water campaign) to national prominence; serving as the primary media contact for project that grew from a single city pilot to a national campaign in 49 states.
  • Coordinated task-force for New York City Council subcommittee on mental health which was instrumental in elevating the subcommittee to full committee status; brought together a cross section of field experts in behavioral and psychological sciences as well as consumer advocates to generate an impactful task-force report on the supervision of outpatient care for the mentally ill.
  • Played key role in crafting communications strategy for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s ‘Believe in ZERO’ campaign; raising awareness and positively impacting the reduction of global child mortality; reducing daily mortality deaths from 25,000 to 22,000 for children under 5.
  • Spearheaded social media strategy to engage new audience markets; penning web stories for social media platforms and creating canned Tweets and Facebook status updates for spokespeople and celebrity ambassadors.
  • Established a Haitian-American task-force to advise on Haitian and Diaspora issues related to UNICEF’s work in Haiti; a segment of that task-force was responsible for garnering $1M in donations for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Richard is the proud father of two girls. He lives in central Florida with his wife and youngest daughter.

David Silverberg: An engineer by training, Dave is responsible for the technical necessities of Regal Farms. Dave is also the CEO and CTO of Lektra Laboratories, Inc. In 1969 Dave founded Photo Research and Products, Ltd. of Israel (PRP).  PRP developed and manufactured a precision line of equipment for the production of printed circuits, including cameras and silk screen presses and became a major supplier of this equipment to the  electronics industry in Israel and Europe.

PRP production retained foreign currency verses importing this equipment.  PRP gained the reputation for producing the closest tolerance printed circuit screen printers in the world market. Ten years later he transferred operations to the U.S. and took over Lektra Laboratories, a leading supplier of high-end photo lab control equipment worldwide–first established in 1940.

Using Design for Manufacturing procedures (DFM), Dave increased production allowing for a quadruple in sales after just two years.

Dave holds a degree  in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and later served at Stevens as a Visiting Professor of Machine Design and Project Management.   Dave has served as a supplier and consultant to major companies such as: Motorola, Elbit, Elscint, Machon Weizman,Technion, Bizallel, Ort, Amal, Scitex, Kodak, Polaroid, Fugi and many other industry leaders worldwide.

Dave served in the Israel Defense Forces in an engineering capacity where his duties were to guide rescue operations in buildings damaged by hostilities.  His job was to evaluate damage and then guide his men in doing what was necessary to make the building safe for rescue of victims in the building.

Dave lives in the Bronx, New York with two of his daughters. His other three children have returned to Israel where they have blessed him with 10 grandchildren.

93 comments

  • This is a highly dangerous enterprise. It will introduced genetically modified, quick growing species to the natural environment. Once released they cannot be recalled, these will interbred and destroy other species and interfere will the balance of nature. GMO fish are unhealthy, there are a number of studies pointing to this, and and lead to changes in the DNA of humans and other natural organisms. Even countries like Zimbabwe, which we like to think of as backward, are avoiding this destructive practice. This initiative should be fought against tooth and nail. Barbados has no consumer requirement for labeling GMO foods, this represents the height of recklessness.

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  • Fish farming comes with so many inherent dangers, it is not funny. There are ecological risks such as “trash” fishing. There are high level of PCBs or carcinogens which are found in farmed fish environs (this can be so harmful to human beings). They use antibiotics in their breeding techniques, and this results in the development of bacteria which is resistant to many treatments and cause serious harm to human beings as well. The fish are also generally not fed naturally, but with GMO corn which causes other health risks. Because of the small cages and restricted ecosystems, the fish are also genetically modified to maximize growth size and speed, and of course to optimize profits. There are also mutation risks when the GMO fish interbreed with organic species, and this can actually threaten the sustainability of the fisheries industry.

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  • Fish farming (otherwise know as aquafarming) comes with so many inherent dangers, it is not funny. There are ecological risks such as “trash” fishing. There are high level of PCBs or carcinogens which are found in farmed fish environs (this can be so harmful to human beings). They use antibiotics in their breeding techniques, and this results in the development of bacteria which is resistant to many treatments and cause serious harm to human beings as well — parasitical infections, bacteria and debilitating injuries are common in aquafarming colonies. The fish are also generally not fed naturally, but with GMO corn which causes other health risks. They are also feed fish oil and fish meal instead of plants and plankton in efforts to make them grow faster. Because of the small cages and restricted ecosystems, the fish are also genetically modified to maximize growth size and speed, and of course to optimize profits. There are also mutation risks associated with the interbreeding of GMO fish and organic species, and this can actually threaten the sustainability of the fisheries industry as a whole. Bajans needs to just say NO!!!!

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  • We wonder whether the local elites would let us install a nuclear energy plant in Barbados. Thought never economic, when one considers all the externalized costs, not unlike fish farming, It would half the cost of power with government support. Would we want a dangerous nuclear plant in Barbados so why something just as dangerous as a silent killer of everything?

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  • Have to disagree with you both.

    Chicken farming with birds of super quick grow outs in nothing new to Barbados. There has been no publicly made criticism on the effects of this brand of farming to the Barbados population.

    There is a department at the UWI Cave Hill campus that is devoted to researching activities such as the one proposed and one would think that there is sufficient local expertise to adequately act in defense of the well being of Barbadians.

    I am all for Product oriented development. This should be one of a number of such initiatives. The ill-fated dolphin project should be restarted. Of course there will always be the threat of praedial larceny … time to stiffen penalties and enforcement activities …!

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  • Pacha said:

    Pachamama | August 7, 2013 at 5:52 AM |

    This is a highly dangerous enterprise. It will introduced genetically modified, quick growing species to the natural environment. Once released they cannot be recalled, these will interbred and destroy other species and interfere will the balance of nature. GMO fish are unhealthy, there are a number of studies pointing to this, and and lead to changes in the DNA of humans and other natural organisms. Even countries like Zimbabwe, which we like to think of as backward, are avoiding this destructive practice. This initiative should be fought against tooth and nail. Barbados has no consumer requirement for labeling GMO foods, this represents the height of recklessness.
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    They could build their fish farm as long as black bajans don’t eat any of the fish, let them export it back to Israel for them to eat, or export it anywhere else…….It would do bajans a world of good to continue eating fresh fish from the sea. I would not eat/consume anything an Israeli manufactures. They have been trying to weasel their way into Bim for a long time and have explored all possibilities, knowing them, it’s nothing good.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ BAFBFP | August 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM |
    “Chicken farming with birds of super quick grow outs in nothing new to Barbados. There has been no publicly made criticism on the effects of this brand of farming to the Barbados population.”

    You have a very good point there.
    If the detractors to the fish farming project can identify the differences between these food production processes other than one being fish and the other being fowl then we would be prepared to weigh the pros and cons in a more fair and balanced light.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Well Well. | August 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM |
    “They could build their fish farm as long as black bajans don’t eat any of the fish, let them export it back to Israel for them to eat, or export it anywhere else”

    Black Bajans already consume tons of such fish imported from overseas farming sources including China.
    This inland farm fish is produced under similar or even more ‘suspect’ conditions involving the recycling of treated human waste (what is one species’ waste is another species’ food) to raise tons of Tilapia and similar white fish for export to places like Barbados. Must of which is sold like ‘hotcakes’ in big-up shops like PriceSmart and Cost-U-Less.

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  • Miller……………they better change their diets, i would not eat anything coming out of China either……eat garbage then become very aware that you are open to Non-Communicable Diseases, i am hearing Bim has become a hot mess with all these diseases, you are what you eat. It will be their personal choice, the way i hear it fishermen in Bim still catch fresh fish, what the hell are they doing eating fish sent from China, not even knowing if it’s real fish.

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  • Chicken Farming with Birds, this is the best Barbados can do. You people are a disgust. Don’t try, don’t even think about passing that shit thru the United States Federal Drug Administration.

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  • Been hearing about this project,I wondering what them gin do with the first two crops of fish, bajans gin teck a while to eat barramundi, I can’t think of a sea fish close in texture, think flying fish cross did talapia, the good thing is them is grow fast enough once the water deep to stop temperture fluctuations, but the gills real sencitive so pay great care with suspended solids, don’t think a system like this could be closed for any longer than fingerling stage though, you will have to change out a lot of your water depending on stocking dencitiy up to half every 8th feeding, I smugle in some before from down under, where its a very popular fish, only thing this fish for some reason don’t run from gallings, lol when I hear fish farm I is get excited, when is the tour, how much galls total you running? I would love to get some experience did a system this size, I am not even goin to address the nay Sayers, once the price point lower than chicken you have a winer in my books, just left out the gmos.

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  • What is this BS beig posted?

    Barbados imports all the GMO and preservatives infected food.

    Peple living in N.America please hush!

    On 7 August 2013 15:14, Barbados Underground

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  • Ready done | August 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM |
    i WAS LISTENING RECENTLY TO A PROGRAMME IN WHICH HYDROPHONICS WAS LINKED TO AQUCULTURE. IT IS DESIGNED FOR SMALL BACKYARD TYPE OPERATIONS THAT CAN KEEP A FAMILY SUPPLIED AND SUSTAINED.

    i BELIEVE THAT THIS CAN BE DONE EFFECTIVELY IN BIM WITHOUT ANY DANGER

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  • http://ecowatch.com/2013/food-imports-from-china-under-scrutiny-fraud-lack-inspection/

    United States Food and Drug Administration now frowns on Chinese food imports, some are not safe. Don’t trust their ingredients in cat and dog food either. Why would it trust this chicken/bird shit from Barbados.

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  • People in Europe or North America have options to either eat the GMO garbage or not, an island the size of Bim can easily be overtaken with dangerous food products because:

    1) the government of the day seem to have no control over food imports and what their people are exposed to

    2) it’s a myth to believe that there are those who would not take bribes to let in purveyors of unhealthy and unsafe foods to the point where bajans will have no choice but to purchase such foods.

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  • What options what!

    GMO is every where in N. America along with every preservative under the Sun.

    On 7 August 2013 15:53, Barbados Underground

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  • @ Well Well

    But studies have found that farm reared GMO fish escape into the ecosystems, so it maybe impossible to keep a partition between them. More fundamentally, is this the same wicked Zionist regime that committing genocide in Palestine that we doing business with. Have we not heard about the boycott and sanctions movement?

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  • Pacha said:

    “But studies have found that farm reared GMO fish escape into the ecosystems, so it maybe impossible to keep a partition between them. More fundamentally, is this the same wicked Zionist regime that committing genocide in Palestine that we doing business with. Have we not heard about the boycott and sanctions movement?”

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    Pacha……there is grave cause for concern, i do believe what they release into the ocean has not been as effective as they would have hoped, if i remember correctly 2/3 of the earth is water, that is plenty dilution and too much power for them………..one and one, up close and personal introduction would be more highly effective.

    I would not do business with any Israelis…………as i said, let them build their farm and ship the results elsewhere for consumption, Israel in my view, is where it should be shipped.

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  • David…………there are still options, you just have to know where to find them. Canada has long ago banned chemicals from their farming and food production. They actually check for and quarantine for such substances.

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  • @ Well Well
    Unlike the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), the Barbados government has no control over non-safe food imports. Seems that way. Barbados sad to say doesn’t make effort to control anything, does not persecute and or convict corrupt lawyers, politicians and or government workers – anything goes. CLICO, VECO, Violet Beckles,that 75,000 cheque and those Britton Hill deaths ares the result of this anything goes.

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  • Look……….they are at the very end and don’t even know it……….that is what happens when you don’t even know what you don’t know.

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  • Pachamama

    Ba’bados ain’ got nah lakes and rivers of any size … where the fish gon’ escape and go …? Oh and there is the Israeli thing … I agree

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  • Didn’t Israeli help us with our sugar cane breeding in the early days? What is the beef with Israel that we can’t have with any other country out there?

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  • I don’t know about anyone else, but i would not introduce this mentality to the black bajan population……….i think there are enough problems going back many decades with the local bajan whites.

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    Israel’s Anti-Black Pogrom

    Is the Jewish state becoming Klan country?
    by Justin Raimondo, January 07, 2013
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    A screaming mob of whites gathers in a public square, their placards proclaiming their hatred of blacks, their shouts of “N—-r!” reverberating and bouncing off the walls of nearby shops and homes like the ominous thunder of a coming storm. They loot shops that cater to blacks, and a prominent elected official is at the head of the mob, declaring that blacks are “a cancer” that must be eradicated.

    Mississippi in the Sixties? A neo-Nazi rally? A Klan conclave?

    No, it’s a recent scene in southern Tel Aviv, Israel, where Likud member of the Knesset Miri Regev – a former IDF spokesperson and prominent political figure – led a well-organized march of ultra-nationalists demanding the expulsion of all blacks from Israel. Just look at the ugliness of these people – listen to them screaming “White Power”! And here are the Jewish Hitlers, proclaiming their desire to set up a “Jewish monarchy.” A few extremists? No. Israel’s Interior Minister has pledged to ship all blacks back to Africa, and the issue of the African refugees has become the major issue in Israel’s election campaign.

    Rising ultra-nationalist star Naftali Bennett, of the religious fundamentalist “Jewish Home” party, is demanding their immediate expulsion in order to preserve the “purity” of the Jewish state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for his part, has pledged to get rid of the Africans in short order, and ordered the construction of a “security fence” bordering the Sinai, where most of the refugees turn up seeking asylum from Africa’s wars.

    They come from Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, for the most part, victims of the constant conflict that has made East Africa a bloody battlefield for many years. As Israel has made a concerted effort to boost arms sales to African nations, including Ethiopia, where many of the refugees come from, the influx can be seen as blowback – otherwise known as karma.

    Israel has a longstanding military connection to Ethiopia: ever since the 1970s, when the genocidal Derg took power in Addis Ababa, Israel has been intimately involved with the Ethiopian military, providing training, weapons, advanced aircraft, and direct subsidies, which the government used to battle regional insurgents. The main target was the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF), which fought a bitter 30-year war of independence against the Ethiopians. Israel’s main interest in this, aside from the arms sales, was to secure control over Eritrea’s strategically important Red Sea shoreline. In 1991, Eritrea finally won its independence, yet there was but a short breather before the two sides started up again. The Israeli arms pipeline has fueled the conflict, along with generous US aid to the late Ethiopian tyrant Meles Zenawi, so beloved by Susan Rice.

    There are 20,000 of these “infiltrators,” as the anti-African demagogues call them, and that they have showed up on Israel’s doorstep is not just karmic, is it also geographic: Israel is the closest country with any promise of providing them with work, and they are often invited in by Israeli employers, who cannot find enough people to do menial jobs. Israel’s growing ultra-nationalist movement finds in them a convenient target, and a politically promising issue. Violence against the refugees is on the upswing: last year, 20-year-old Haim Mula was arrested for firebombing an orphanage for very young African children: he got off practically scot-free with a three-month plea bargained sentence.

    Far from being considered a criminal and a pariah, young Haim might well run for the Knesset – because he has the Israeli people with him, particularly the young people who are flocking to the banner of “Jewish Home.”

    This is what is so disturbing about recent events in Israel, where outright anti-Arab racism has long been tolerated and even encouraged by the government and religious authorities. Instead of denouncing and isolating the anti-black hate-mongers, Israel’s elites are defending and succoring them. A recent declaration initiated by Professor Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C., and Professor Yehuda Bauer of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, calls for “a world solution for a world problem.”

    In other words: it’s not our problem. Medoff says other countries “have more room, and they have more resources. Israel has been taking a beating in the international press for how it treats the refugees, but never has there been any suggestion in these reports that maybe other countries should be lending a hand.”

    Gee, that’s funny, but the US has never asked for help from other countries in dealing with the millions of political and economic refugees who have sought asylum and work here. Neither have the small European countries which today find themselves playing host to numerous migrants from less fortunate areas of the world. Perhaps because to do so would be in somewhat dubious taste – but apparently such considerations don’t come into play where Israel’s professional apologists are concerned. And naturally we do not hear one word out of their mouths about the orgy of hate the African presence in Israel has aroused – not only do they not condemn it, they don’t even mention it.

    To top it off, Messrs Medoff and Bauer have named their initiative, which takes the form of a petition to the world’s governments, “The Evian Declaration,” timing it to “coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Evian conference, when nations around the world turned their back on Europe’s Jewish refugees,” as Ha’aretz put it.

    The Evian Conference was called in the summer of 1938, as Hitler’s assault on the Jews took on horrific dimensions and they tried desperately to flee. While the conference did little to provide these refugees with realistic options, US and British immigration quotas were somewhat relaxed, with some others following suit (the Dominican Republic offered to take 100,000, but only 800 actually went). However, the refugee problem was on such a large scale that this hardly made a dent.

    For Medoff and Bauer to invoke the Evian episode in this context simply underscores the tone-deafness of Israel’s apologists: by effectively saying it is “everyone’s problem” – and no one’s – they are merely replicating the tragedy of that affair.

    Israel was itself conceived as a home for the homeless, a refuge for those who had been refugees in their own lands and driven into exile by war and the world’s animus. How they can now turn around and say “Not our problem” defies explanation. That they dare to say it out loud is proof – if more were needed – that Israeli society has gone more than a little crazy.

    After all, these two distinguished professors are liberals – they aren’t joining the neo-Kahanists in the streets, firebombing orphanages and calling for “N—–s Out!” They are merely trying to cover for them, to make the world avert its eyes as hate explodes like a ripe boil on the Israeli body politic, exuding its poisons into the organs the Jewish state.

    It’s the world’s problem? No, it isn’t. The hate that is erupting in the Jewish state is a Jewish problem, one that has yet to be acknowledged, let alone confronted, by Jewish leaders worldwide. I have not heard a single word about this from the so-called “Anti-Defamation League,” and its usually vociferous chief honcho, Abe Foxman, who seems to have an opinion about anything and everything, but is strangely silent on the defamation of Africans in Israel. As blacks in Israel find themselves beset by racist mobs, where is the American Jewish Committee, and all the other organizations that were important allies of the early black civil rights movement in this country – where are they now that the Bull Connors and the George Wallaces are Israeli?

    They’re too busy trying to scuttle the nomination of Chuck Hagel to head up the Department of Defense to bother with speaking to the deepest values of the Jewish people and speaking out against a monstrous injustice. They’re too busy retailing the most contemptible smears against a patriotic American, who refuses to kowtow to a powerful lobby, to even acknowledge that crimes are being committed in their name and with our tax dollars. Even as I write this, detention camps – camps! – are being built with US “foreign aid” taxpayer dollars to house the “infiltrators” so they can be shipped back to Africa, often to a certain death.

    It sickens me to write this. To gaze on an hypocrisy so immense, so brazen, so antithetical to everything the Jewish people have stood for historically, and to say nothing – the enormity of this kind of betrayal is simply breathtaking.

    I have just one thing to say to Abe Foxman, and all the self-appointed Jewish “leaders” who arrogate to themselves the prerogative of vetting US government officials – when are you going to start vetting Israeli government officials as they whip up racist hysteria and carry out an anti-African pogrom?

    I can answer this question for myself, because the answer is: never. It isn’t considered kosher to air the Jewish state’s dirty laundry in public. There is a big problem with this strategy, however: sooner or later the stench gets so bad that one can’t help but smell it.

    Of course the precedent for all this is the virulent anti-Arab racism now pervasive in Israeli society, as a recent survey showed. To take just one rather vivid example: the Beitar football team has become a rallying point for swarming ultra-nationalist thugs, who beat up Israeli Arabs and engage in regular provocations against anyone deemed “alien” to the Jewish character of the state. In March of last year hundreds of them went on a rampage at a shopping mall in Jerusalem, beating Arab men, women, and children, and destroying Arab stores. Not a single arrest was made, nor was anybody charged. It’s open season on non-Jews in Israel, and no one should be surprised that blacks are now the target.

    Once the American people wake up to what is going on, the much-touted support for Israel claimed by its partisans in this country will evaporate. That’s one reason why these same Jewish mis-“leaders” who are staying silent about the anti-African campaign are now voicing their “concern” that Al Jazeera, the Arab-based television network, will take over the niche once occupied by Al Gore’s “Current TV.” The Arab network has been regularly exposing the rising tide of anti-African hate now at the epicenter of Israeli politics, as well as more familiar depredations aimed at the Palestinians. The last thing the Israel lobby wants is footage of the Israeli equivalent of the KKK on American national television.

    How will members of the congressional Black Caucus justify voting for billions in aid to Israel in the face of live news reports of howling Israeli mobs screaming hatred for Africans? Can the country that elected Barack Obama continue to have a “special relationship” with a nation that has turned into the Middle East equivalent of Klan Kountry? I think not.

    The fatal blow to the Jewish state, however, will be the rupturing of its relationship with American Jewry, which, in spite of the vociferous dissent of some noisome neoconservatives, has a long tradition of liberalism. This noble legacy of tolerance and support for the underdog is now coming into open conflict with the newer tradition of unconditional support to the Israeli government of the moment – and, by their silence, the leaders of major Jewish organizations hope the problem will be swept under the rug, and somehow go away.

    This is a very big mistake. Israeli society is going over a cliff, and the Jewish state’s political class is hastening rather than impeding the slide into a moral abyss. There is no way to cover up this crisis, because it has very visible political – and human – consequences. We are seeing this being played out in the Israeli election campaign, where the crazies are gaining momentum and sanity is in very short supply.

    How many young American and European Jews will want to make aliyah to a country where blacks are demonized as disease-ridden criminals and automatically deported? How many Jews will want to express their solidarity with a Jewish state where racism is acceptable and the bullied have turned into the bullies? My guess: not many.

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  • By the way……………Arabs do the very same thing to blacks, they are also very racist and disgusting and are not afraid to vocalize it in the form of violence against black people.

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  • Pachamama why did you mention GMO fish? Are their going to use gmo fish on this project?

    I dont think that there is enough info about the project to warent this level of nay saying, aside from the fact that the fish is so ulgy I don’t see ant problems with it, I think it teck to long for Barbados to get a fish farm, I know it will only take one to start it though.

    @ look and every one, the government should regulate the things that we buy to eat, but you personally should still make it a point to spend money with local farmers, that grow healthy food.

    FYI the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), are the ones to watch, the standerd of health they find acceptible is not nearly as high as it should be.

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  • @ Ready done

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-07-26/national/40864532_1_foreign-food-facilities-food-safety-food-safety

    You’re right. The USFDA are the ones to watch. Journalist Lynne Terry saidThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking for a bigger budget for the next fiscal year to crack down on food safety, step up inspections of imports from China and other programs.

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  • @ Ready done

    Does Barbados have in place standard rules for imported food? Surprise me.

    Barbados is just NOW considering conficating criminal property. Just what is taking them so long. Someone is responsible for those deaths at Archcot Britton Hill and should be held accountable. Someone is responsible for that massive land theft involving Violet Beckles and should be held accountable. All should be persecuted and convicted: Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, Dale Marshall, George Payne, Gline Clark, Mark Cummings, Samantha Cummings, COW, Johnny Cheltenham, Leroy Parris too. Their property (homes, cars, banking accounts, etc) should be conficated. David Thompson is now deceased. His estate, however, should be conficated.

    Raul Garcia down there was not only imprisoned for drug trafficing but detained three damn years beyond his given sentence. Ohhhhhhh I just have to understand that Barbados is still THIRD WORLD.

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  • @ Georgie Porgie linking aquaculture and hydroponics together is called Aquaponics, and is what I believe will replace the fdrige in our life time.

    @ look the point I am making is we all should buy local from farmers that care about Barbados, and your health, the supermarket can bring in what ever they like but that don’t mean we should buy them.

    I really hope this farm has no ties to blp or dlp or gob it would be interesting to see if it works out, I feel like I wanna get involved.

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  • @ Ready done

    The United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) you said are the ones to watch. I agree, the USFDA are cracking down on food safety, Chinese imports especially. Supermarkets in the United States are not allowed products not approved by the USFDA. Ready done (poster) you’ve really embarrassed yourself. Don’t do it again.

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  • @ Ready Done
    You must remember this a a business venture and we expect that they will try to maximize profit

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  • I would wish that the Government on behalf of the people of Barbados would learn from what ever it is that they are doing and proceed to treat them in the same as they do with Goat Milk production and public transport … run competing entities ..!

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  • As i said, let them bring on the fish farm, just don’t eat the fish.

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  • Bajans will eat just about anything, need I remind you we love chicken feet, necks and the oil cup? Need I remind you we ear pigs tail, feet, snout, skin and its ears? Need I remind you we eat cows liver, tail and tongue?

    Bajans gine mek barramundi shite but the only problem gine be the cost.

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  • Yeah………..the cost of their health.

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  • Cost of health with all the garbage we are already fed and already eat?

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  • Twistorian……….do you really believe it cannot get worse? if the minister of health thinks the healthcare system is overburdened now, just give it another 5 years with people putting foods in their bodies that they do not know how they were created or engineered because they refuse to and are not inclined to grow their own food and a government that believes importing everything food based is the way to go forward.

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  • WELL WELL
    DO YOU THINK THAT A CHEMICAL MADE ORGANICALLY IS DIFFERENT TO THE SAME CHEMICAL MADE BY GENETIC ENGINEERING?.

    DISCUSS

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  • Shameless cut and paste for look to understand what he is dealing with,

    The FDA handbook catchily called “Food Defect Action Levels: Levels of Natural or Unavoidable Defects in Foods That Present No Health Hazards for Humans,” says that filth is “objectionable matter contributed by insects, rodents, and birds; decomposed material; and miscellaneous matter such as sand, soil, glass, rust, or other foreign substances.”

    Some examples of allowable filth in your process foods.

    Pizza Sauce: 30 Fly Eggs Per 100 Grams
    Chocolate: 60 Or More Insect Parts Per 100 grams
    Peanut Butter: 1 Or More Rodent Hairs Per 100 Grams
    Frozen Berries: 60 Percent Can Contain Mold
    Wheat: 9 Miligrams Or More Of Rodent Pellets Per Kilogram
    Potato Chips: 6 percent Or More Rot Pieces By Weight
    Pasta: 225 Insect Fragments In 6 Or More Samples
    Popcorn: 20 Or More Gnawed Grains Per Pound

    Don’t take my word for it, you should Google a little.
    Don’t get me started on the drugs they approve knowing full well the damage they will cause only to call them back after the drug componies made enough money.

    Its not your fault we are biologicly program to trust any food item with an unbroken seal because fruits have skins, its just something we do, FDa approves soft drinks,alcohal, ciggerets. Enough said.

    Do you buy those pinehill drary products that come in the tall boxes? You know the ones that used to have the pull up seal but now carries nun? What’s to stop some one from spicking a whole set of them in the supermarket? Your best bet is to befriend your nearest farmer and buy from him, its very hard selling a friend tainted food.

    On another note this fish farm can not be as bad for health than Roberts products.

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  • As a resident of Sandford. and one who will be very close to this said fish farm. I would like to think the developers and the ministry of health, would meet with the neighbourhood watch and bring us up to date on this project.

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  • Just for your information, if you eat shrimp in Barbados, you should know that there is more chance than not that they are farm raised and not wild caught.

    Seafood is one of the most popular sources of protein worldwide. Almost half of the seafood we eat comes from farms. And seafood farming—also known as aquaculture—is the fastest growing food production system in the world.

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  • @ Georgie Porgie a chemical and a genes are two different things compleaty, like the difference between a cat and a bus, organic means it has a carbon molicule and was once alive, synthetic chemicals are different even though they may do the same job but its done in a slightly different way, the best way I could discribe it is if it was food organic would be chicken and synthetic would be chicken nuggets. Both will full you but one just feel better.

    GENETIC ENGINEERING is when you take the genes from one animal and put into another. So in gmo corn you will find the genes of a bacteria or fish or centiped or frog what ever that feel like realy inserted into the cornthis gives the corn new superpower, there is a GMO corn that is patented as a pesticidbecause ot has a gene inserted into it that makes it poison to incets, yup GENETIC ENGINEERING? up eat enough of those and studies show you will go important.

    All approved by FDA.

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  • @Ready done

    Thanks for your interventions.

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  • @ Ready Done
    yup GENETIC ENGINEERING? up eat enough of those and studies show you will go important.
    *****************
    Can we get some for ac?
    She has a quest to be important….and she already happens to be
    impotent…

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  • what about the water supply? The potable water is already scare with the building of the prisons and now the Bushy park project. Also the water mains are old and corroded with at less two burst per month. The irrigation water is also scarce with a rotation system having to be used during the dry season. It is because of these and other matters, it would be wise the powers that be enlighten and educate the residence. It’s not that we don’t want the farm, but we need to be educated about this novel project on our door steps.

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  • Bush TEA lord jesus negro can’t u sleep at night, fuh some reason after 110clock you always calling ac, what is your problem….yuh goadies too heavy or what,,,

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  • Ready Done

    My man chicken nuggets are organics perhaps with binders and maybe some MSG and seasonings … wah synthetics you talking ’bout?

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  • I is possible to create farms at sea as well or maybe pipe the sea water in and recycle. In places like Thailand fish farming is carried on by small farmers each with a spot that has been prepared by central government. They fish shell fish and crabs etc. … I have always seen tremendous potential. This food can do no more harm than the shite that you put in your bodies from the regular fast food outlets. All these years of eating offal cuisine (Pudding and souse) barbeque wings and pig tails and all of a sudden there is this tremendous drive for the highest possible standards .. Stupse …

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  • @Baffy

    Part of the problem is that we have gotten to a place where we find it impossible to analyze without being overly negative. Let us hear what the principals of this project have to say. Ask questions without being dismissive for crissakes.

    On 8 August 2013 04:01, Barbados Underground

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  • Good job Dr. Estwick, can’t wait to see these policies materialise.
    Food production zones coming Added by Barbados Today on August 7, 2013.Barbados will soon have food production zones across the island.
    Minister of Agriculture, Dr. David Estwick, said this afternoon that such zones would contribute to the needs of small farmers.
    Speaking on this country’s draft Food and Nutrition Security Policy and Action Plan during the opening of a National Seminar on Food and Nutrition Security at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, Estwick said the key to unleashing the full potential of small holders, was the establishment of food production zones at specific locations around Barbados.
    The minister said Government was currently working on this initiative.
    “We are looking to make sure that these food production zones are going to be community-driven,” he continued.
    Estwick pointed out that the Food and Nutrition Security Action Plan was inspired by a consensus in Barbados for a systematic approach or strategies for ensuring adequate levels national and household foods and nutrition security.
    “Additionally, our awareness has been made even greater by our rapid dietary and epidemiological transitions,” asserted the Cabinet member.
    He reported that such transitions had caused nutritionists to observe a shift from foods based on indigenous staples to a more varied energy-dense diet of processed foods as well as beverages high in salt, sugar, oils, fats and alcohol.
    “We’ve also noticed a proliferation of nutrition-related chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases and cancer. And without a doubt, these have replaced malnutrition and infectious diseases as our major public health concerns.”
    Estwick argued that unbalanced diets and a sedentary lifestyle have also served to increase the prevalence of such chronic non-communicable diseases within Barbados and the rest of the region.
    In addition to these challenges, he said Barbadians were conditioned to give more active consideration to the combination of increases in the price of fuel and the effect of climate change and the increased intensity and density of natural disasters.
    “Positively, there is now a trend towards investing in agriculture as an engine for economic development. It involves not only increased Government spending on agriculture and infrastructural inputs, but also encourages private sector inputs,” declared Estwick.
    Minister of Health, John Boyce, who also spoke at the seminar, pledged his ministry’s full backing for the proposed action plan.
    Boyce suggested that while Barbados had escaped the level of poverty which obtained in some other larger countries, one still had to be vigilant to the internal and external threats to food security.
    He said the global economic downturn had created a worrying trend, where more and more people had been unable to access safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs for daily living. This, he reasoned, was further exacerbated by changes in tastes. “Our tasks therefore includes vigilance and the promotion of a continuous educational thrust to guide our people in exercising healthier choices,” Boyce advised. (EJ)

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  • Politicians making comments in public. After years of hearing speeches like these drawing attention to studies, reports a plans such as the one that was referred to, blame me for becoming unimpressed and disillusioned

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  • @Bush Tea the word i was going for there was impotent as in a permanent rubber penises, lol jokes on me, i got spell check this time though.

    @june boy do you mind getting the coordinates on Google earth so i can see where it is going to be? it should be sea side, these fish can handle some sea water mixed in, do you know if there are any reefs close to the site? fish farms have been know to damage coral reefs with their effluent.

    @Twistorian you right bajans will eat any thing that is sold readydone. as BAFBFP put it “offal cuisine” lol. Its also true the world eats more farmed fish than wild caught. Using a can of sardines to illustrate my point, along time ago a can of sardines use to have in 3 fish the most, this is when their were plentiful and wild caught, so you get big ones, then as you over fish you started getting cans wid 7 and 8 smaller, younger fish as wild stocks steadily disappeared now you getting big sardines because they are being farmed and reaped at the right size.

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    “We’ve also noticed a proliferation of nutrition-related chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases and cancer. And without a doubt, these have replaced malnutrition and infectious diseases as our major public health concerns.”

    From malnutrition? he ent sure. old people had kitchen gardens and used to eat way petter than we but the words sound good though. Them still let Roberts sell people only poison, fake butter and very processed oil is a big cause of this, 5 years after Roberts set up shop is when all this sickness start happening, stupes, the best thing any politician ever do for farming was to put the small business and farming miniseries together.

    My question is how will anything in the ministry work if they keep employing people that never farm,

    If i was Estwick the first thing i would do is make everybody that is work in the ministry of agriculture put in a half day work on the farm once for every payday. Most of there people never even water a lawn, let them get a better understanding of what they are trying to promote.

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  • Isn’t Sanford a location in St.Philip which is NOT coastal?

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  • http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/jan/06/fda-seizes-1m-worth-food-nashville-food-plant/

    @ Ready done

    Please, if you would, tell the Barbados Underground audience here how much the Barbados government puts into ceasing/seizing the release of bad and or filty foods like the USFDA, and Ready done (poster) surely you did not pass or overlook posting by Twistorian 08/07/2013 @ 6:55 “Bajans will eat just about anything, need I remind you we love chicken feet, necks and the oil cup? Need I remind you we ear pigs tail, feet, snout, skin and its ears? Need I remind you we eat cows liver, tail and tongue? LOL

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  • http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/barbados

    @ Ready done

    You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Barbados.

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  • GP said:

    Georgie Porgie | August 7, 2013 at 9:45 PM |

    WELL WELL
    DO YOU THINK THAT A CHEMICAL MADE ORGANICALLY IS DIFFERENT TO THE SAME CHEMICAL MADE BY GENETIC ENGINEERING?.

    DISCUSS
    _______________________________

    I would have to be educated by you on that topic but common sense tells me it depends on what chemical is introduced and the inherent dangers that can degrade the health of the person(s) inducing the product(s), i will take direction from you on that topic.

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  • http://saflights.hubpages.com/hub/Facts-about-the-Barbados-Green-Monkey

    @ Ready Done
    Although no longer abundant in the region due to over fishing and polution, barbados culture still embraces the flying fish. Ohhhhh and Ready done (poster) the green monkey in Barbados did you know likes the dunk. They also like fruits, nuts, grass and seeds but when food is short, they eat anything, have to: bird eggs, birds, mice, lizzars and some insects. Guess you got me started!!!

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  • Look………………it was a shame and disgrace when Pemberton was allowed to destroy the natural habitat of the monkeys on the 4 Seasons compound, i used to see them dead in the street having been struck by cars because they had nowhere to go and had to find food, then everyone was complaining the monkeys were destroying their crops, what do you expect when you destroy their home so someone else can enrich themselves. I remember telling them many years ago, because of their actions, i would be extremely surprised if 4 seasons got of the ground in this decade……looks like it’s coming to pass.

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  • @ Well Well

    Detroit, Michigan (United States) home to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) which it hosts each year in January and Cobo Center there, site of the annual North American International Auto Show is midst a 320 million dollar renovation, since 2011. True, the City of Detroit on July 18, 2013 filed bankruptcy. The NAIAS none the less will go on – show must go on. Detroit, even in a financial crisis refuses to pull the plug on spending $400 million for a new hockey arena for its Detroit Red Wings. Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder and Kevin Orr, appointed emergency manager agrees to stick with the plan. Detroit’s bankruptcy in process won’t halt the 2014 North American International Auto Show or building a new hockey arena.
    Detroit even in its current condition is breathing. Four Seasons and the Pierhead Marina project down there on that dot in the Caribbean is not even doing that, breathing.

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  • @ David

    “Good job Dr. Estwick, can’t wait to see these policies materialise.”

    We also can’t wait to see Dr. Estwick comment on the claim by Kyto BioPharma Inc. and by extension its President and COO Jonathan Bryant, that the company had “entered into” a letter of intent “for the acquisition of all outstanding common shares of a company called Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc., which is claiming to have secured “all the rights to manage” the production of products from the island’s cotton. http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2013/07/22/over-to-kyto/

    And also that the Barbados Government and Company have agreed in principle to:

    “To provide at a deferred pepper corn rent a 650 acre plantation for the purposes of growing our own cotton and having accommodation.”
    “The Company has agreed to cultivate 6500 acres of agricultural land delivering 5000 bales of cotton”
    “Time frame is to secure funding May 2013, to plant August 2013 and to achieve positive return on investment through a 30% advance payment at point of seeding based on prospective orders of $10,890,000 USD.”

    Details here: http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=87416589

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  • baffy
    i noticed you spoke of shell fish
    i thought only americans spoke those
    fish dont have shells but scales

    the sea food that have shells are either molluscs or crustaceans

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  • @ Well Well

    http://david.strongcommunication.com/news/2012/dr-estwick-food-import-bill-too-high

    http://www.cnweeklynews.com/component/content/article/3845

    The green monkey it seems arent’t the only ones forced to face food shortage in Barbados. Dr. David Eastwick is apparently concenred that there will be a food shortage and recommended increasing agriculture because the food bill is NOW out of control. Government you know is broke “all in the red”.

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  • Look………………i am beginning to ignore the utterings of those DLP ministers, a relative of mine told them years ago that there will be food shortages if they do not cut the food import bill by at least half, that would have been a start, make sure local food production and food security remained their one and only priority, well, they soundly told him off cause Estwick was at the time more concerned about being Finance Minister after do nothing Benn was re-schuffled, and the PM was more interested in introducing more imported food, through cost you less, just so he could be re-elected or whatever other self-serving plans he had………so you see, i am not even on the island but feel weighted down by all their dumb shit, reason why i refuse to believe anything they say, however, if they think it’s bad now, just give it another year or two and they will be able to redefine the word.

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  • Knight of the Long Knives

    I don’t know what all this whining is about tell them bring the money and come. I nor my family will be eating any of them but they can export them to Timbuktu for all i care. Same thing with casinos bring them, foreign passport and foreign currency required, case closed.

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  • Ready Done
    The proposed sight for the fish farm is obliquely opposite KGVM park about a quarter mile inland. It is nowhere near the sea or any coral reefs.

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  • Hey Hey Ready done

    The Twistorian (poster) posted said statement 08/07/2013 @ 6:55 “Bajans will eat just about anything, need I remind you we love chicken feet, necks and the oil cup? Need I remind you we ear pigs tail, feet, snout, skin and its ears? Need I remind you we eat cows liver, tail and tongue? Some of the restaurants in Barbados feature local Barbados Blackbelly lamb on the menu. It is said to be very tender and tasty, but Bajans in the end might be eating the green monkey that’s NOW forced to eat anything: bird eggs, birds, mice, lizzars and some insects. The green monkey may also appear on a local Barbados restaurant menu.

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  • I wonder why people still think that the gob will keep food prices low. Lol. Ya can’t tax a kitchen garden.

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  • @ look what is the use of the green monkey?

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  • Ready……………but the IMF/credit rating agencies could catspraddle you when you can’t pay bills or meet international obligations because your deficit is too high, can’t import anymore food cause no foreign exchange to pay for it, which do you think is the lesser evil.

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  • http://www.chicagoinjurylawblog.com/2013/08/fda-proposes-heightened-rules-for-imported-foods.html

    http://www.foodqualitynews.com/Legislation/FDA-steps-up-food-import-oversight

    @ Ready done

    The United States Food and Drug Administration does not want cat/dog food from China. Barbados may want it, may gladly accept it, that and fish from this Regal Fish Farm. Country is broke “all in the red”. A food shortage is on the way, government can no longer afford its out of control food bill. USDA may not be 100% perfect but make effort when and where it can.

    The United States is huge, much larger than Barbados but food imports are only 15%. There is an abundance of food in the United States because the United States cultivates a lot of its own food, 85%: vegetables, citrus fruits, rice, wheat, etc. That 85% could and should increase. It’s no secret the United States has a deficit problem. This is because of its involvement in (2) wars during the Bush administration. Barbadosmsms has that too, a deficit problem. The United States, though is not falling apart; Barbados though sad to say is opposite that – falling apart. The United States you know produces automobiles, Detroit, Michigan and imports them. The Boing Company, home based in Chicago, Illinois produces commercial and military aircraft. Boeing you may or may not know sells passenger jets to airlines around the world.

    The United States in 2010 lost is AAA credit rating. The S&P downgraded it from AAA to AA+ with a negative outlook. The United States yet has a AA+ credit rating but its outlook is now stable. The United States is ill but recovering. Venezulean oil exports to the United States is down 30% and continues to decline. The United States has oil, lots of it. The United States, Michael Snyder says (04/25/2012) is swimming in oil. It can now export rather than import. The two, Jim Efsthathiou Jr. and Jim Snyder (06/18/2013) claim it [United States] is considering it, exporting oil. The S&P in June 2012 you know downgraded Barbados to junk bond status with a positive outlook. The S&P in July (2013) revisited Barbados and assigned it a negative outlook.

    You opened up a can of worms, Ready done (poster), you know this right? David (Blog Master/Barbados Underground) who said people in North America hush? Who said that?

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  • Know it will be hard to say goodby to the disappearing flying fish and other foods Bajans are now enjoying, but a food shortage is on the way. Governmen tis broke “all in the red” can no longer afford its out of control food bill.

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  • http://www.worldsrichestcountries.com/top_us_exports.html

    The Russians can keep Edward Snowden. Venezuela who wants him can have him. The United States imports more to Russia than Russia to the United States. President Obama cancelled meeting scheduled with President Putin in September 2013. President Putin isn’t begging Obama for this meeting and President Obama I’m sure will not beg for frozen crab, plywood and vodka imports from Russia either. Venezuela imports oil to the United States, but the United States does not and will not fall to its knees for Venezuela oil. The United States now has an abundance of oil. All are oil rich states in the United States: Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Alaska, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. North Dakota, at moment is enjoying an oil boom. There is more oil in North Dakota than thought – North Dakota, western South Dakota and eastern Montana.

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  • LOOK

    Wah shite you talkin …

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  • @ Baffy

    Not talking the same shit you talk, Right? Go back into your hole and don’t come out. Tired of your Bull Shit.

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  • @ look you really think that the Us now find oil? really? Seriously? you never wonder what happen to the oil in the places them bombing or now finished bombing? are you from the us? i bet you watch the us news more than the bajan news.

    @ well well i will let the GOB worry about them things like IMF and stuff, i just wanna grown my own food, you should too. i think the evil is buying food from a supermarket and supporting that system i think it would be a good to grow and share food.

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  • @ Ready done

    You should indeed grow your own food. Actually, you don’t have a choice. A food shortage is coming because government cannot afford its high food bill. Barbados is in junk bond status, broke. It does not see light or the end of the tunnel

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  • Look

    Tired of my bullshit … Stupse …

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  • @ Ready done

    There really isn’t a lot of Barbados news to watch. I watch world not consistently, United States news and Canada news.

    @ Baffy

    Grow up

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  • @ Baffy

    You’re probably too old for your stupidity.

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  • Ready said:

    “@ well well i will let the GOB worry about them things like IMF and stuff, i just wanna grown my own food, you should too. i think the evil is buying food from a supermarket and supporting that system i think it would be a good to grow and share food.”

    _____________________________________________

    Ready………….those were the words no one in Barbados wanted to hear, too busy believing imported food gave them social status, that also includes the same government of Barbados, i have heard two reports that they are starting to cry, i will truthfully tell them, they have not started crying yet.

    For the times i spend/spent in Bim, i always grow my own food, it does not take anytime at all to either put together a kitchen garden or reap the benefits from the kitchen garden. Fortunately for me i am not on the island presently and don’t have to worry about food. Continue to grow your food, don’t stop regardless.

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  • Did some research today and found out it would be better to install high density vertical aquaponic backyard systems, save on everything, fertilizer, water, space, money etc, etc, you have the fish fertilizing your food, win, win, win all around, people in Bim might want to look into this for future survival.

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  • The above is a link to a top class tilapia hatchery.

    @ well well we have done lots of research on aquaponic systems and hope to see them replace the fridge in our life time. we have designs of systems well adapted to Barbados if your intrested give us a shout.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bairds-Village-Aquaponics-Association/486848404729021

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  • Ready…………..thanks, but i have ready access to such equipment, wonderful to see you introducing them to the island, as long as they are affordable to the taxpayer’s dwindling pockets, it would definitely make a difference in their long term survival going forward.

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  • @ well well, tell me some more about what you doing? what scale are you on? i love to learn about Ap you actually got a working high density vertical Ap system?

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  • Thanks very much for posting this David. Apologies for coming to this discussion late. I am one of the principals on this project and want to thank you all for this forum and the opportunity to clear up some confusion that I see in some of the comments:

    *Our barramundi will NOT be genetically modified…EVER. Barramundi is ideal for farming because they thrive in aquaculture settings, they grow quickly and they’re naturally disease resistant–therefore no hormones and antibiotics are necessary. Barramundi live on a mainly vegetarian diet so the need for fish meal and oil is greatly reduced.

    *Being farmed in tanks ensures our barramundi will be mercury and toxin free. Barramundi also produce high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids–higher than swordfish, tilapia, shrimp and cod. Omega 3s are essential for optimal brain and heart health.

    *Because our fish will be grown in-land in tanks with an iron clad bio security system in place, there will be ZERO chance of this non native species escaping into the sea or any waterways.

    *The recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology is coming from a private aquaculture firm in Israel (the company is the global leader in aquaculture) and not the Israeli government. Until we are able to build a hatchery in Barbados we will initially get our fingerlings imported from our technology partners in Israel.

    *We will aim to recirculate 100% of our system water. All suspended and settled waste and other nutrient-rich effluence will be filtered out and turned into organic fertilizer that we will make available to local farmers in the Sandford area. Our plan is to eventually source the grain we need for our feed from these same farmers.

    *The Regal Farms project has NO political agenda driven by its principals, the Israeli government or the Barbados government.

    We fully understand that Bajans prefer wild caught fish. We believe that consumer acceptance of barramundi will be driven by marketing, not just to the swankier restaurants and hotels, but also by convincing “cooked fish” vendors in places like Oistins and Baxter’s Road that this is a premium white-fish worth selling. Our tasting event tomorrow in St. Philip is part of our initial consumer acceptance efforts.

    Fish are often marketed under different names from region to region, ie: dolphin fish vs. mahi mahi or chilean sea-bass vs. patagonian tooth fish. Perhaps we could market barramundi in Barbados as Bim-barra?? (Bimbarra??). We would welcome any thoughts and suggestions on this front.

    I am not the PR guy for this project, I am a co-founder. The farm is to be sited on three acres of family land in Sandford. I was born in Guyana, but grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands. My father and sister are Barbadian and my mother is Jamaican. My partner, Dave and I have the interests of the Caribbean region at the forefront of our mission. Yes, this is a commercial venture, but Regal Farms is not looking to simply line our pockets. We are very interested in sound food production technologies and want to be a part of growing the aquaculture sub sector in Barbados and regionally. We very much want to partner with like minded folks on further developing this movement and offer kudos to the work already
    being done by folks like Bairds Village Aquaponics Association to promote self sufficiency and smart, sustainable food production. For further information on this project please contact me at regalfarmsllc@gmail.com. We are in town until Aug 17th and would welcome the opportunity to meet with as many of you as possible–especially residents of the Sandford area. Thanks again for this forum!

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  • @ RA/Regal Farms, LLC I am glad to hear that our island Barbados welcomes your venture, but why Israel partners? Until that country admits to it’s tyranny, racist views, and crimes against humanity and blacks, I will always question that country and/or their countryman’s intentions in helping anyone besides themselves and lining their pockets. Good luck at any rate, and I hope the island of Barbados will not endure regrets.

    http://www.africanglobe.net/africa/israel-expel-thousands-african-migrants-unidentified-country/

    African Migrants Fight for Freedom as Israel Builds the World’s Largest Prison Camp to Hold Them

    http://www.eurasiareview.com/
    Though the circumstances then were different than now, when there are 60,000 African refugees in Israel, these sentiments Golda preserved, even at that early period, are reflected precisely in current racist Israeli attitudes. MKs rabble-rouse, calling Africans a cancer among the Israeli nation. Not far at all from this calling them a “5th column.”

    The American Jew who wrote this letter to the Israeli prime minister was little better than the Likud when it came to issues like these that threatened Israeli Jewish hegemony. In fact, the racism reflected in this letter would be little different in tone or substance than the views of Meir Kahane.

    On a related note, I reported here that Bibi Netanyahu, as late as 1989, demanded the expulsion of Israeli Palestinians for many of the same reasons Golda’s American Jewish interlocutors saw Blacks as “polluting Israel” and “bad” for it.

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  • @ Wilford…your well wishes are much appreciated. We are only interested in food production using innovative, eco-friendly technology. Neither my partner or I have any political agenda to push.

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