Excerpt: In Japan, a wasteful public-works project may be backfiring and damaging this year's crop. If so, it will be one more reason to end the boondoggles. (…)
The plan was to have a network of dikes that would control flooding and create more farmland. But with the tidal flows of the entire area having been altered in a damaging way, it seems to have backfired. Ecologists have noticed an abnormal amount of phytoplankton, microscopic ocean-dwelling plants that thrive on sun, water, and nutrients -- the same nutrients seaweed needs to thrive. That is leading to a seaweed scarcity.
Editor's note: Dried Seaweed (nori) is a significant ingredient of Japanese cuisine
- Eye on Japan: The Great Seaweed Slaughter, Business Week, 01/02/06