Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Does the rapid spread of a culture of over-exploitation intensify our impact on wild food sources?

Posted 20 Oct 2015 / 0

2015-10-20aFrontiers in Ecology and the EnvironmentContagious exploitation of marine resources

This seems like a really great case study for cultural evolution: the authors describe the spread of sea cucumber fishing as an “epidemic”, but what they really mean is that the idea of economically exploiting this marine food source spread rapidly and in a geographical manner. But why? It is critical that we understand what drives these rapid cultural expansions, especially when they can have serious impacts on ecosystems.

A Minor Post, Articles, Biodiversity Loss, Cultural Evolution, Resource Consumption

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