Martin Rowson’s cartoon version of the government’s food strategy for England (June 13) accurately portrays it as a dog dinner. The strategy’s emphasis on “innovations in aquaculture” to “stimulate production in the seafood sector without putting pressure on fish stocks” is perhaps the most unsavory ingredient. With few details, one can only assume that the government is referring to farmed salmon production, by far the UK’s largest seafood export.
Extensive research shows that millions of tons of wild-caught fish worldwide are wasted as fish feed every year. Most of the valuable micronutrients available in these “feeding fish” are lost when fed to farmed salmon. The fish used to feed salmon often come from countries in the south of the world, robbing vulnerable populations of their food and livelihood.
It would be hard to find a less suitable proposal to support the food strategy’s purported goal – a “resilient, healthier and more sustainable food system affordable for all” – than boosting the UK’s salmon aquaculture industry.
Executive Director, Feedback Global