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One Fish, Two Fish - "Green Fish," Good Fish
(NewsUSA) - From heated discussions surrounding global warming to the debates on the rising cost of oil, a variety of environmental concerns have come to the forefront of many Americans’ minds. This year’s Earth Day will also bring to light another topic that is of "green" concern – food sustainability. What does it mean for a product to be sustainable? At its core, the concept of sustainability is raising or growing food in a way that is healthy for both the environment and consumers. While this philosophy can be applied to a variety of areas where food for human consumption is raised or grown, one of the greatest sustainable concerns is the fish we eat.
While many types of fish are sold in grocery stores and served at restaurants, several breeds of fish are not considered sustainable due to factors including pollutants in water sources, over-fishing, and unhealthy antibiotics fed to fish. To help alleviate the many stresses affecting oceans worldwide, many experts are stressing the importance of buying and consuming fish that don’t hinder the wellbeing of the animal, the environment or the consumer. One type of popular fish – U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish – is a top choice when it comes to sustainability.
"Unlike fish production facilities located in rivers, bays or on the coastline, enclosed U.S. catfish farms are not subjected to natural or man-made pollution from outside sources. U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is not only a great tasting, healthy food – it’s one of the most sustainable products consumers can purchase today," said Roger Barlow, president of The Catfish Institute.
U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is listed by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program as a "best choice" due to its abundance and well-managed, environmentally friendly farming practices. All U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish are raised and processed with special attention to keeping pollutants away from breeding ponds and feeding fish high-protein food free of antibiotics, which ensures consumers receive a premium, high-quality product.
By becoming more mindful of how your food is raised and processed, you can help make a difference in the "green" fight. For more information on the safe and sustainable benefits of U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, visit www.USCatfish.com.