Mike Smedley's comments regarding Atlantic Salmon are highly unbalanced (Herald, June 22). No ocean farming advocate opinions and counter-arguments are expressed as a minimum of good journalism. Nor has he taken the time to acknowledge his sources. And, he failed to recognize the numerous healthful advantages from the Omega 3s Atlantic Salmon offer.
Smedley should review these most basic sources: www.
salmonoftheamericas.com, www.salmonfarmers.org and www.maineaquaculture.com.
Cultured salmon and other farmed seafood have prospered. It is a shame when statements like Smedley's appear in your paper in contrast to those by an author from the recent June edition of National Geographic titled, "The End of Plenty - The Global Food Crisis," who noted, "... 75 million more people were driven into poverty since 2005." And, "the challenge of putting enough food in 9 billion mouths by 2050 is daunting."
Farming the sea is a solution. As a highly respected aquaculturist, John Forster noted, "...world food production could be doubled by farming just 0.9 percent of the Earth's ocean surface."
We need to focus more on developing and improving these opportunities to help civilization and build economies rather than tear these structures down before they mature into thriving, healthful and viable solutions to our future problems.
Smedley should read more and write less. Being a good journalist would also help. Or, stick to comic rhetoric.
Kellus Sewell, Durango