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Think of our present highly evolved socio-economy as a highly diverse and complex ecosystem supporting a myriad of niche businesses. Stability is of the utmost importance and over time government’s primary purpose has become protecting and nurturing this economy. This includes protecting investors, employees, suppliers, etc. of the existing salmon farming industry.

Globalization of the economy requires even more of a commitment to stability and, in Thomas Friedman’s brilliant descriptor, governments everywhere have had to put on a ‘golden straitjacket‘ severely limiting their regulatory powers. Systemic change enforced by government of even the most potentially damaging industries – think tar sands – is no longer possible. By any government. No matter what the consequences for future generations. FULL STORY

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