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"Aquaculture, not the Internet, represents the most promising investment opportunity of the 21st Century."

- Peter Drucker, Management Expert & Economist

2016-10-14

Farmed Salmon has Lower Environmental Cost than Pork, Beef, Chicken

For some people this may not represent 'breaking news', but for some consumers it may be important news to direct their buying power towards farmed fish. For for all of us in the aquaculture sector supportive news is always welcome ed.

A new study prepared for the BC Salmon Farmers Association by Ottawa based RIAS Inc. examines the evidence from life-cycle analyses in the literature on the environmental footprint of BC farm-raised salmon compared to production of other food proteins.

Through a life-cycle analysis (LCA), which the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) defines as "a tool for the systematic evaluation of the environmental aspects of a product or service system through all stages of its life cycle," it is possible to compare different food systems based on several objective environmental measures.

Based on the valuation of greenhouse gases, land use, water use, and eutrophication, salmon farming has a lower total environmental cost than beef, chicken, or pork.

  • B.C. farm raised salmon has the lowest overall environmental cost of any of the major protein options available to consumers today.
  • Farm-raised salmon is 24 per cent less costly to the environment than chicken to almost 500 per cent less costly than beef.

Read/download the report here.

 
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