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Jun 1, 2019
It’s time to be honest about seafood
If we want to eat sustainably, aquaculture has to be part of the conversation
Demand for seafood is increasing across the globe, and the United States is no exception. Aquaculture, or aquatic farming, is increasingly meeting this demand and now supplies just over 50 percent of all seafood globally. In fact, it has been one of the world’s fastest growing food sectors for years.
The U.S. is the largest importer of seafood in the world, and some of Americans’ favorites—including shrimp, salmon and tilapia
—are predominantly farmed these days. Yet, we contribute less than 1 percent
of the world’s total aquaculture production. This means we rely heavily on other countries to satisfy our appetites for seafood.
If the U.S. does not increase its domestic production of farmed shellfish, seaweed and finfish, the divergence between what we consume and what we contribute to the global seafood market will continue to widen. This gap may make it harder for our seafood diets to be sustainable. It also means the U.S. won’t have a hand in shaping the standards or economies that contribute to the seafood sector as a whole in the future. Read the article