It’s September, 2017, and Nature is booming and burgeoning to a level not seen in my lifetime. Since that statement directly refutes our State Religion, which holds that “Poor Mother Gaia is Dying, Crushed by the Virus-Like Burden of Mankind”, I’ve appended a current news story below to support it.
It’s headlined “Scottish salmon exports reach record value in first half of 2017”.
They focus on record value because that implies the record’s just because salmon’s more expensive, these days.
It is more expensive, make no mistake: “However, consumer demand for the fish has continued to rise – pushing prices to record levels.”
But, buried below the actual, factual 70% increase in value, we get the volume numbers:
“The industry saw 29,000 tonnes of fresh salmon worth £190m sold in the second period of this year alone.
That was a near 10-tonne increase on the 19,150 tonnes (£109m) exported in the corresponding period of 2016.”
They cut it into two sentences, nay, two paragraphs, to slow-play, to hedge, to defray. And I’m going to have to do the math. 19,150 to 29,000 tons. Scottish salmon production increased by 51% year over year. Scottish salmon production is up by a half, in one year.
Doesn’t map very well against the “Poor Mother Gaia is Dying” propaganda, does it? That’s why they carefully avoided giving you the percentage, and tried to convince you it’s just economics.
Notice there’s no mention of what’s driving the great, historically-unprecedented numbers, to their highest levels, ever? And no mention of similar trends being seen worldwide? That’s what propagandists and neurolinguistic programmers call “compartmentalization.”
Tactics such as those which I’m elucidating here certainly do slow, to some finite extent, the demise of the folks executing them. But they won’t stop that demise, they can’t stop that demise.
Which demise is demonstrably being brought about by unstoppable rising awareness, across the globe.
How much longer do you think they’ve got, really?
August 14, 2017 – Scottish salmon exports reach record value in first half of 2017
Scottish salmon exports reached a record value of £346m in the first half of 2017 – up 70% on the same period last year, government figures reveal.
The industry saw 29,000 tonnes of fresh salmon worth £190m sold in the second period of this year alone.
That was a near 10-tonne increase on the 19,150 tonnes (£109m) exported in the corresponding period of 2016.
The United States remains the largest market, while China (£44m) is the most significant Asian buyer.
The HMRC figures are a welcome boost to the industry following revelations that it is facing major problems from sea lice.
It is believed Scottish producers are having to spend at least £30m a year on measures to respond to the issue.
How Scottish salmon conquered the world
However, consumer demand for the fish has continued to rise – pushing prices to record levels.
Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO), hailed the latest export figures.
And he pointed to the development of the Far East marketplace as being a major factor.
‘Worth the effort’
Mr Landsburgh said: “The fact that annual Chinese exports are now worth around £90m from a standing start six or seven years ago indicates that this has been worth the effort.
“East Asian markets are becoming increasingly significant, with Taiwan and Vietnam in the top 10 importers.
“We continue to see the huge global opportunity for high-quality Scottish food and for salmon, in particular.
“Quality and provenance are highly prized in all markets and Scottish salmon fits the bill. Its traceability from source to plate is another respected attribute in the Far East.”
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said the figures were good news for Scotland’s aquaculture industry, “clearly demonstrating that demand is growing around the world for quality salmon”.
He added: “It is proof that our industry is thriving and testament to the hard work going on between government, stakeholders and industry to support sustainable growth and access to new markets.
“Particularly pleasing is the success of our work to unlock more markets in the Far East, which have been key industry target areas.
“However, this success simply underlines the importance of ensuring Scotland’s food and drink exports are protected from the potentially damaging consequences of Brexit.”