There will be an estimated 9.8 billion people on the planet by 2050, and with an increasing population comes an increasing demand for food.
Aquaculture, or fish farming, provides a solution. Aquaculture is the fastest-growing form of food production in the world and has the potential to grow responsibly.
The world’s oceans already provide 17% of the animal protein consumed around the globe and fish farming is one of the most environmentally efficient ways to produce even more. Aquaculture produces less greenhouse gas emissions than terrestrial animal farming and uses less land area.
Compare that with beef at about 7 pounds of feed! In addition, some types of aquaculture, such as shellfish or seaweed farming, can help improve marine ecosystems.
By 2030, 62 percent of all seafood produced for human consumption will come from aquaculture. Today, it’s about 50 percent. So, what is aquaculture?
As there is huge variety in species of seafood consumed worldwide, there is no uniform procedure for processing. However, there is a general flow of product that happens at most processing plants, with the ultimate goal being to preserve the shelf life of the seafood.
Given that farmed seafood has had public issues with regard to the environment and food safety in the past, misinformation and misconceptions have run rampant among consumers, resulting in the creation of confusion and a lack of confidence in buying and eating seafood.
There are many articles pitting farmed and wild seafood against each other with the infamous farmed vs. wild dichotomy. In reality, the seafood industry needs to be lifting up all responsible seafood practices through positive conversations. Humans need both farmed and wild seafood to create a more sustainable food system.
When you hear the words “farmed seafood,” most likely an image of a cage in the ocean comes to mind – an actual fish farm. However, there is so much more to aquaculture than just the farm, and each part has its equal importance.
Between different certification programs, ratings programs and information in the news or on social media, consumers are often bombarded with contradictory information, leaving them confused when trying to make purchasing decisions. The good news is we’re here to help!