The term “Aquaculture” describes a new means of farming aquatic food sources but doing in a way that does not harm the environment and doesn’t require any GMO’s. GMO’s are organisms in which their genetic material has been altered in such a way that does not occur naturally.

An example of Aquaculture is a fish farm called Veta la Palma which, produces 1,200 tons of sea bass, bream, red mullet, and shrimp each year. However, unlike other fish farms this farm does not do so by interfering with nature.  Many fish farms tend to hurt more than they help, from fecal contamination to the threat that escaped cultivated fish pose to the gene pool of their wild cousins. Veta la Palma is different from those other farms. The fish farm sits on wetlands that were originally drained for cattle farming. Until a large conglomerate family called, Hisaparroz, bought the wetlands and reflooded them. The water is directly pumped from the Atlantic Ocean into the farms 45 ponds. Because this water comes directly from the ocean it teams up with microalgae and tiny translucent shrimp, which provided natural food the fish that Veta la Palma raises. The farm is run by a biologist named Miguel Medialdea, Miguel and others have are doing is allowing the environment to take over. This has allowed for abundant plant life to circulate throughout each pond acting as a filter, cleansing the water of nitrogen and phosphates. This whole practice produces healthier and ultimately more delicious tasting fish. The wetlands were transformed into a fish farm but also into a refuge for migrating aquatic birds officially about 250 different species many of which are endangered. Miguel Medialdea has been quoted about the fish farm in saying, “The point isn’t to make use and conservation compatible. The point is to use in order to conserve.

In reading about this type of aquaculture in Spain we have come to agree that it seems to be a very possible flourishing idea for the future. The idea behind it seems to work if executed right and it also is the only concept out there that also benefits the environment. Not only do we as humans get what we need also benefit the environment and all the aquatic species that reside there. We would fully support conducting more farms such as Veta la Palma in the U.S.

CJ and myself have been exposed to a variety of different food types including, grass fed meats, coconut milk, rice cheeses, soy products, and unprocessed foods. Our main sources of these foods we find at farmers markets, and an organic grocery store. Not only do we enjoy the different choices that we have but in not consuming highly processed foods and GMO’s we find that our over all health and well being has improved, in terms of mental and physical states. We would describe it as a cleaner living and these are the types of foods that you would find in our refrigerator.

There are many different types of food diversity groups. One specific group that we found is known as Fresh-Picked Seattle-Seattle Spells Let’s Eat: Food, Events & Resources Around the Sound. This group’s main goal is to provide fun, interesting new and different recipes or means of food source. A lot of what this group promotes is freshness and how to eat from your surroundings. This group’s seems to big in Seattle because they have full calendars of events.  Events, such as: Seattle Food Festival, Holidays, Pacific NW Food Events, Seattle Charitable Food Events, Seattle Farmers Market, Seattle Festivals, and Seattle FREE! Food Events.

~By, CJ Hipp, Mackenzie Vartanian

Links: Fresh-Picked Seattle- http://www.freshpickedseattle.com/

Sustainable Aquaculture: Net Profit –http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1902751,00.html

What is Aquaculture-http://aquaculture.noaa.gov/what/welcome.html

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4 responses »

  1. The aquaculture in spain you posted is really refreshing and hopeful to hear about. I hope we in the US can take a page out of their book and start practicing more sustainable ways of fish farming.

  2. I really enjoyed the video on this we watched in class, I really wish too that the U.S and other countries would start realizing the benefits and healthy eco benefits we could have if as many farms that could, could take this road.

  3. Amanda Koh says:

    I really enjoyed the video that we watched in class as well. He brought to light that there is a great possibility of coexisting on this planet with wildlife and be entirely sustainable and still make profit. It really was an enlightening and hopeful message to the world.

  4. April Marcuzzo says:

    I remember the TED talk about Veta la Palma. I loved how the fishery is taken care of naturally.

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