Sir Bob Geldof wades into the controversy of salmon farming tomorrow (17 June) when he is a keynote speaker at AquaVision - a trade conference organised by salmon farming giants Nutreco and Skretting and sponsored by chemical company DSM.
"Far from being a panacea for the global food crisis, salmon farming actually exacerbates the problem," said Don Staniford, Director of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) in a letter to Sir Bob Geldof. "Peer-reviewed scientific studies have clearly shown that salmon farming does not feed the world. The farming of carnivores such as salmon, prawns, tuna and cod effectively drains our global oceans and steals precious protein out of the mouths of hungry people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Supporting such an ethically, environmentally and socially bankrupt industry is morally repugnant and leaves a bad taste in the mouth much like the farmed salmon served at the AquaVision conference."
"Speaking at the AquaVision conference and lending your good name to such a malignant and morally bankrupt industry is a serious mistake," continued the letter. "At best, you are guilty of gullibility. At worst, your greed for appearance money has clouded your judgment. Hopefully, you can use tomorrow's platform to tell salmon farming executives that their business is not only polluting the planet but also spreading social misery and food poverty all over the world."
Read the letter to Sir Bob Geldof in full online here
Read a press release (17 June): "Geldof Caught in 'Greed of Feed' - Salmon Farming Steals Food Not Feeds the World!"
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