Brace yourself for the new wave of planet-friendly farmed salmon. Formed by the World Wildlife Federation, the Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue recently released a set of standards aimed at nixing the negative environmental impacts of salmon farming, which produces approximately 60 percent of the world’s salmon supply (the rest are wild-caught). The standards will be overseen by the global nonprofit Aquaculture Stewardship Council. Look for responsibly-farmed certified salmon to hit stores in early 2013. Here’s how the standards will help:
- Reduce water pollution by banning excessive use of antibiotics, anti-foulants, and pesticides.
- Decrease spread of disease by preventing farmed fish from escaping and transferring diseases to wild salmon.
- Improve labor conditions by protecting workers’ rights and ensuring fair compensation.
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