03 Jan '18, 7pm

Rice, salmon, and seaweed make sushi a popular dish. But is sushi bad for the environment?

Rice, salmon, and seaweed make sushi a popular dish. But is sushi bad for the environment?

SPILL THE BEANS Around 75% of the world’s soy is used for livestock feed (including for farmed fish); because of growing demand for meat, soy production has grown tenfold in the past 50 years. It is now the second-largest agricultural driver of deforestation. As a participant in the global Roundtable on Responsible Soy and the US-based Field to Market Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, WWF is working with the soy industry to adopt more sustainable practices. THIRSTY FRUIT In 2014, sales of Hass avocados, representing more than 95% of American avocado consumption, skyrocketed to a record 4.25 billion fruits. That’s nearly four times as many as were sold in 2000. But growing sales have a high cost for freshwater: It takes about 90 gallons of water to produce just a single California-grown avocado. RICE, RICE BABY Half the world’s population depends on rice for food and/or...

Full article: https://www.worldwildlife.org/magazine/issues/winter-2017...

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