Letter from the editor

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Welcome to Another Day in Paradise.

You will find no gloom nor doom here.

Change, progress, evolution (upheaval, chaos, crisis … depending on your viewpoint) its what’s on everybody’s mind lately…here, there and everywhere. A recent drive around Zihuatanejo bay with friends inspired a conversation about the view from the road, and how the entire landscape is changing. Change is inevitable—it is the only constant, but that doesn’t make it any less shocking. Like the way a young child can seem to grow in the blink of an eye, it seems Zihuatanejo too, has a life of its own. And like a bewildered parent who wants only to freeze moments in time, we too struggle to accept the changes. This year more so than ever. I feel a bit like Dorothy caught in the tornado in Kansas; these past few months have been a real ride, and I for one am ready to put my feet on solid ground. But even if this wild ride isn’t over yet, aren’t you getting a little bored with the doom and gloom already? I know I am.

They say slow economic times are when you can focus on cleaning house, getting your affairs in order, slowing down and taking stock of what’s working and not working. I think that’s always a good idea (I try to clean off my desk at least once a month!). And it is new year’s resolution time, so I recommend making a list: what do you want to accomplish this year? What do you want to see change… here, there and everywhere? Write it down, ponder it seriously, purposefully, like a real grown-up… then, go take a pleasant stroll to the beach and play. Promise, you’ll feel more up to the challenge tomorrow.

Until next time,

 

 

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History

What a difference a decade makes

By Nancy Seeley

 

Sleepy little Mexican fishing villages don’t change much in merely a decade, do they?

In much of the world, the advent of the 21st century has ushered in heightened concern about issues like global warming, damage to the ecosystem, recycling, energy conservation and biofuels. But all that doesn’t really affect us here in paradise, where things are largely the same as they always were, right? Think again if you thought that was so, amigos.

If you’re visiting Zihuatanejo for the first time, things may seem a lot more rustic and low key than back home, but to those of us who have lived here for awhile, the differences between then and now are pretty impressive indeed.

Without nearby Ixtapa only a mountain away, some of these changes might have been slower in coming, but the need for sister communities both depending greatly on tourism dollars to compete effectively in the 21st century has spearheaded a fairly long list… Visit: www.adip.info

Food

Organic and local products

By Melissa Mayes 

With concerns for the state of the environment growing worldwide, people often wonder what they can do as individuals to help lessen their own ecological impact. Simple actions like driving less, using energy-saving appliances or recycling are obvious things people can do to be more environmentally friendly, but something as basic as different eating habits can also benefit an ailing environment. Buying organic food and therefore supporting organic farmers is an easy and wonderful way to become more of an environmentally conscious citizen.

In today’s world, the voice of the consumer often speaks louder than that of the voter, so it is important to be mindful of where our money is spent. Industrial, non-organic agriculture provides for 98% of food sales worldwide and utilizes over 400 different pesticides and fertilizers. Agricultural chemicals are used to fight off insects and plant diseases and are also used to speed up the growing process. Non-organic produce often looks more appealing with bigger and better-looking products, but beyond aesthetics lie unattractive side effects.

Studies have shown that the use of chemicals to speed up the growth of plants often depletes the soil of important nutrients lowering nutritional values of the produce. Chemicals used in the soil and sprayed directly on the plants have also been shown to contaminate water systems as rains wash them away or they are absorbed into the ground. It is also believes that human exposure to pesticides and fertilizers, either during farming or by eating chemically grown food can cause illness and even cancer… Visit www.adip.info

Books

Mother Nature, My Nature

Book Review by Douglas Beach

 

Is a wide departure from the author’s previous books, a novel, several skin diving manuals, tourist guides, and just last year, an autobiography. Owen Lee is the American expatriate proprietor of Las Gatas Beach Club. It follows that most of his earlier works were of a tropical bent featuring turquoise waters, coco palms, and white sand beaches. This new book is very different—the clash of science, religion, and Mother Nature.

One might ask what sparks Lee’s interest in these topics, and what credentials qualify him to write about these subjects. For starters, the back cover copy states, “Owen Lee was the first American to join the crew of Captain Jacques Yves Cousteau aboard his famous research ship, the Calypso, first as an underwater cameraman, then as a traveling lecture spokesman promoting Cousteau’s thoughts about nature in over 300 cities.” … Visit www.adip.info

Sports

Conservation in Sportfishing

Zihuatanejo is one of the top ranked sportfishing destinations in the world. Sport fishermen know all about the dangers of over-fishing, they are usually the most conservation-minded of all fishermen. Here in Zihuatanejo, Catch and Release, especially of sailfish, has been slowly taking hold over the last decade and we encourage the practice of it to all visiting sport fishermen. Tell your captain that’s what you expect and insist upon it. That way you can continue to fish our blue waters for many years to come. We have featured many articles on catch (and tag) and release in ADIP over the years, for more information on the practice and the IGFA presence in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo check our archives on the website: www.adip.info. One thing we rarely talk about is the controversial but very real problem of long lines, which can kill more fish than an entire season of sportfishing. Ed Kunze is Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo’s IGFA representative.—editor’s note.

By Ed Kunze

We are now in a very difficult period for the fishing community on the West Coast of Mexico, and in fact, all of Mexico. It may actually develop into a type of civil war, which will pit family members against family members. Among the sport fishing captains, there is a new awareness as to the need to conserve, because they now understand that resources are limited. But, not all fishermen in Mexico feel the same way: Or they are taking an, “I better get it now, before somebody else gets it,” attitude… Visit: www.adip.info  

Eco Technology

Vehizero Hybrid Vehicles

By Juliet Lambert

From a small manufacturing plant in Mexico City, Sean O’Hea is changing the climate one truck at a time. Vehizero is Mexico’s first hybrid automobile company, and it is poised to revolutionize the way Mexico looks at emerging environmental technologies. The name comes from ‘zero-emission vehicles,’ which combine a primary electrical battery with a standard fuel engine back-up system.

Trained as a chemical engineer, Sean O’Hea has spent the last ten years developing improved electrical batteries and environmentally friendly automotive systems… Visit: www.adip.info