I recently read a blog on Omega-3s and Sustainability that referenced the harvesting of krill in the Antarctic. For those of you not in the fats and oils industry, Antarctic krill are shrimp-like ocean creatures that are one of our planets most abundant species. I did not know that one whale can eat up to 4 tons of krill a day. Or that whales are not the only krill eaters; penguins, seals and seabirds eat krill too.
I was glad to learn that oceanic scientists do not think Antarctic krill are currently threatened or overfished unlike Atlantic cod. But, scientists and environmental groups are concerned that as more companies use huge factory ships for harvesting, that, combined with climate change could threaten the sustainability of krill and the ocean life that depend on them for food.
Food companies were first permitted to market the benefits of omega 3s in packaging in 2004. According to the website soymega.com, 56% of consumers want more omega 3s in their food and beverages. And while the omega 3 market continues to grow, the question remains as to whether or not wild sourced omega 3s will remain a long-term sustainable option.
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