An experimental fish farm floating off the Big Island of Hawaii has the whole world watching.
The aquaculture industry has long fed wild fish to farmed fish, putting a huge dent in ocean ecosystems. Will new vegetarian feed improve aquaculture's footprint, or just muddy the waters?
On Black Friday, outdoor retailer Patagonia took out a full-page ad in The New York Times asking readers to “buy less and to reflect before you spend a dime.” Beside a photo of their iconic fleece jacket, the headline read: “Don’t Buy This Jacket.” And, while their message about retail consumption undoubtedly made a splash, there may be yet another reason to take a pass on that cozy, modern outerware. Besides Patagonia’s confession that the process of creating the R2® Jacket leaves behind “two-thirds of its weight in waste” on its way to their Reno warehouse — it turns out …
Photo: Eric Ch A few weeks ago, we told you about the contentious debate over the fate of a tiny fish known as menhaden. Meanwhile, a similar concern is quietly surfacing over several other varieties of small “forage fish” that live along the West Coast. And by forage fish we don’t mean you’ll find them while walking in the woods. They are small fish — sardines, anchovy, mackerel, menhaden, squid — that serve as food to larger carnivorous fish. They’re the base of the food web, and are extremely important. When they start to disappear, then fish like salmon, halibut, …
The Atlantic population of these tiny but important fish is under dire threat -- and the repercussions for entire ecosystems are vast. Will the commission tasked with protecting them bump up conservation efforts in time?
In light of the FDA's recent approval of genetically engineered salmon, the latest Food & Water Watch report on open-ocean aquaculture might leave some advocates feeling a little clammy.
Although the FDA approval process has been stalled, a new grant from the USDA suggests salmon may yet become the first genetically engineered animal to be approved for human consumption.
If their annual conference is any indication, the organization that defines nutrition in this country -- The American Dietetic Association -- works very closely with processed-food titans like Monsanto, Hershey's, Coca-Cola, and Cargill.
New science says smaller fillets are more sustainable -- but not just for the reasons you'd expect.
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