The Beyond Meat of fish is coming to a bagel near you
Source The Financial Post
Salmon has become the guinea pig of the seas when it comes to using
technology to supplement falling fish populations. Now it’s moved onto
land — and into the lab.
The fatty orange fish was the
second-most-consumed seafood in the U.S. in 2017, after shrimp, and per
capita consumption increased 11 per cent, to 2.41 pounds per person,
from the prior year, according to the National Fisheries Institute, an
Globally, demand for salmon has skyrocketed, along with
that for all fish, fuelling overfishing and threatening supply.
Industrial-scale salmon farming, once seen as a solution, has its own
problems. Massive stocks of smaller fish are depleted to feed farmed
salmon, and parasites flourish in salmon pens where farmers use
pesticides, contributing to pollution and ecosystem destruction.
lice have infested farms in Norway and Scotland in recent years, and a
deadly algal bloom killed salmon in Chile, a top farmed-salmon producer.
Farmed fish sometimes escape, too, contaminating nearby wild salmon.