Aquaculture is increasingly being viewed a technique to reduce the unsustainable practice of poultry farming.
It doesn’t matter if the chicken came first or the egg because the consumption of both at current rates is unsustainable. Poultry farming is a practice that causes a loss in biodiversity, contamination of ground water, unmanageable waste generation, eutrophication, and soil pollution. It is becoming increasingly evident that a shift in consumption patterns needs to occur in order to sustain the population that is projected to exponentially grow to 9.7 billion by 2050. Companies like Cambay Tiger, by adopting aquaculture as opposed to catching fish, are taking environmental sustainability one-step further.
Fish, for example Tilapia, is a source of protein nearly equivalent to that found in Chicken. Cambay Tiger farms its own Tilapia, which means that rains are no longer an excuse to increase poultry consumption. While there is a ban on fishing during the monsoon months in India, monsoon is also the harvesting season when it comes to aquaculture produce.
Tilapia is a fish that is the healthy option, in more than just the environmental sense. Like Chicken, Tilapia while being high in proteins, is low in calories and fats, thus taking care of growth and development and maintaining a healthy weight. The abundance of phosphorous in Tilapia means that Popeye the sailor man perhaps ate more than spinach for his bone health. The high content of selenium in Tilapia makes it great for preventing prostrate cancer, building immunity, improving thyroid function, and avoiding premature aging (yes, it basically prevents wrinkles!). It being a source of omega-3 fatty acids heart and brain health is also taken care of by this elixir of a fish.
A move from poultry to seafood is redundant unless the seafood itself is environmentally sustainable. With companies like Cambay Tiger farming their own produce, loss of biodiversity is an issue that is effectively tackled. Of course the concerns of waste generation, soil, and water pollution are far less of a concern if at all, when it comes to aquaculture. Everything else set aside; ultimately it all comes down to taste. Tilapia is a fish that is delicious and versatile with respect to how it can be prepared or cooked. Baked, steamed, sautéed, fried, smoked, cured, and grilled, however you cook it, Tilapia is always a delicious, environmentally friendly alternative.
It doesn’t matter if the chicken came first or the egg, fish came before them all. It’s time we returned to the sea where all life originated, to keep the Earth alive.