Aquaculture Giant Files Suit to Silence Salmon Farming Critic

When it comes to shooting themselves in the feet, few industries are as adept as industrial aquaculture. The most recent example is unfolding in a Vancouver, B. C., courtroom where a subsidiary of Cermaq, a $1.7-billion fish farming conglomerate whose major shareholder is the Norwegian government, is suing the scrappy environmental activist Don Staniford for [...]

Newsbites: Northeastern Fish Stocks Stage a Surprising Recovery; EPA Takes Drastic Steps to Save the Salmon of California’s Klamath River; Sales of Organic Milk Surge Despite Economic Hard Times; Nation’s Biggest Milk Processor Settles Antitrust Suit by Offering Dairy Farmers $30M

The faithful newshound has been snoozing by the stove these last several weeks while Estabrook was locked away in his office trying to get a book off to the publisher. The hound has now shaken himself awake. He’s hot on the trail again and has dragged home a few heartening stories. Let’s kick off 2011 [...]

Newsbites: Seafood’s Dirty Dozen; Farm Life is Making American Women Sick; Sharing the Wealth: A New Management System is Good News For Pacific Ground Fish; FDA is Gung Ho to OK GM Salmon–Maybe it Ought to be Dealing with Other Matters First, Like Contaminated Eggs

Seafood’s Dirty Dozen Seafood guides tend to focus either on those species that should be avoided for reasons related to environmental health (overfishing) or those species should be avoided for reasons related to human health (their flesh is contaminated with chemicals). Food and Water Watch, an environmental group based in Washington, D. C., publishes a [...]

Just-Released Documentary: View the Side of Salmon Aquaculture the Industry Does not Want You to See

For years I’ve followed reports about the environmental downside of open-water salmon farms, which is to say virtually all salmon farms. My conclusion is that it is one of the most environmentally destructive ways we produce food. A salmon farm is nothing more than a vast, floating feedlot, except feedlots, at least nominally, have to [...]