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sustainable salmon farms

The ASC certification is one of the most demanding and thorough of its kind to be found anywhere in the broader industry.

The Anticipated Lack of Food Is Here

There have always been people starving on this planet. It appears to be part of the human condition. In ancient times is was the weak and lazy who starved because they did not procure food for themselves. In modern times starvation is a side effect of poverty, power, and politics. There is enough food for everyone, it is simply not equally distributed.

A Growing Population

For decades, scientists, environmental groups, world hunger organizations, and food growers, among many others have been warning leaders and the public about the upcoming shortage of nutrition-rich food resources. Very few changes have been implemented worldwide to prepare for the anticipated lack of food. There are now people starving because there is not enough food to meet the demands of the growing population. Food is still disgracefully unequally distributed, but there are also gaps in the nutritional food chain.

Sustainable Food

Independent food producers are gaining popularity with plant-based ingredients instead of egg and dairy ingredients. Peas, for example, are an excellent source of nutrition and require less water, land, and resources to produce than cows or chickens. Natural grains are used for sweetness to allow for the reduction of refined sugar in common grocery products.

Sustainable food resources have got to be expedited because the future is here now. One exemplary response to the crisis is the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI). This international organization, launched in 2013, currently includes seventeen members who represent eight countries and make up over half of the farmed salmon industry. The goal is to collaborate pre-competitively to take the industry into sustainability faster than it can get there one farm at a time.

ASC Certified

One way to accomplish this is to get all farms through the ASC certification process by 2020. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) utilizes one-hundred and fifty performance indicators to ensure sectors in the industry are operating at the highest possible level of environmentally sustainable standards. So far, one-hundred and sixty-five GSI farms have been certified. Thirty-eight more are participating in the assessment process for certification.

Fish Is Nutrient-Rich

The push to make salmon farming more sustainable is critical because fish is high in protein. Other concentrations of nutrients include Omega-3 fats, vitamins B 12 and D, and the antioxidant selenium. The three year salmon production cycle is more efficient than any protein sources on land. If food is to be scarce, what there is of it has to be nutritious. Visit this site to learn more about GSI successes and other areas identified for improvement.