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Will news about Octopus farming inspire better food buying choices

Octopus farming is wrong, and similar to many other practices in the food industry. If everyone knew the full story we would make better, more sustainable, food buying choices.

The world’s first commercial octopus farm is close to becoming a reality and met with dismay by scientists and conservationists who argue such intelligent “sentient” creatures able to feel pain and emotions, should never be commercially reared for food (BBC article here). As well as the fact that every day an octopus will eat 3 times its body weight of food that could be fed to humans.

In South Korea, the creatures are sometimes eaten alive. The number of octopuses in the wild are decreasing and prices are going up. An estimated 350,000 tonnes are caught each year – more than 10 times the number caught in 1950.

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Now that you know the facts I hope that you, like me, will never eat octopus again!

Likewise all the other tortured factory farmed animals that provide the perfect environment to help the next pandemic virus evolve. Previous blogs here: factory farmed pork, grain and hormone fed intensive beef, and chickens

The problem is that the facts behind many of the foods we eat are hidden and friendly marketeers tell us that we can trust big business and supermarkets to look after us and our planet. BOL…KS!

Or some people are so busy they become wilfully ignorant blog with brilliant video here

This is why at BigBarn we are so keen to get food in to schools and the curriculum, blog here. We need the next generation to make better food buying choices and influence their families to follow. If consumers reject bad food practices we and our planet can look forward to a healthier happier future.

Going back to Octopi I highly recommend the Oscar-winning documentary: My Octopus Teacher

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