What Do Fish Farms Use For Feed?
January 12, 2006
If you've ever eaten farmed fish, you may not want to know the answer to the question posed in the headline above.
The use of chicken feces as feed is common in integrated livestock-fish farming, which also involves the transfer of pig and duck waste directly to fish farms.
An international group of bird conservationists believes that this practice -- which is routine in Asia -- may be responsible for the spread of the avian flu.
Some believe the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, which oversees this practice, may have been aware for some time that there were serious health risks involved with mixing farmed fish and animal feces.