Iceberg Harvesting

It's not quite selling ice to eskimos, but iceberg harvesting is the latest in improbable yet successful business ventures.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
January/February 1989
Add to My MSN

The great thing about iceberg harvesting is that you never seem to run out of inventory, because 7/8th of it is below the water line.
ILLUSTRATION: SAMKAR/FOTOLIA


Content Tools

Related Content

Ducklings Survive Busy Super Highway

A family of ducks walks carefully across a busy highway.

Asking and Waiting: Seeking Answers to Disrupt the Disease Process of Global Warming

How feeding the hungry amounts to action on behalf of a planet on fire with a toxic yang imbalance.

Girl out of Water - Blackberry Picking

Blackberry picking only happens at the height of summer, but is well worth the thorn wounds!

De-Ice Sidewalks and Driveways Naturally

Learn how to de-ice slippery surfaces without harming nearby soil and plants.

Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources is issuing permits for iceberg harvesting so businesses can sell ice as a cash crop. Tim Dimond, of Juneau, Alaska, pulls bergs from the sea with a crane mounted on a barge, then breaks the ice into chunks and ships it by freezer van to the AK-Pacific Company in Seattle, Washington. AK-Pacific, in turn, packages the ice in sacks and markets it in Japan as gourmet ice cubes. Glacial ice has become a hot item in the Land of the Rising Sun, not only because of its novelty but because of its staying power: Iceberg ice takes twice as long to melt as "ordinary" ice. A spokesman for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council calls the iceberg harvesting "a new, incompatible, conflicting use of areas set aside for their natural features, their solitude, their pristine nature."








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.