Cermaq boss criticises spotlight on new salmon feed ingredient companies

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“They go to our customers, and our customers’ customers, and try to influence them in what ingredients are going into the feed with a partially little scientific argumentation”.

The Cermaq boss Geir Molvik has criticised the idea of some feed raw material companies in DN, saying that he believes it is “misinformation and greenwashing”.

“If you put one per cent grasshopper flour in the feed, it does not automatically mean that it becomes more sustainable,” said Molvik.

Without naming a specific company, he said: “They go to our customers, and our customers’ customers, and try to influence them in what ingredients are going into the feed with a partially little scientific argumentation,” said the CEO of the Mitsubishi-owned salmon farmer.

He added that “It can be harmful if you promote new ingredients at the expense of what is there”.

However Fredrick Darien, boss of the grasshopper and cricket feed start-up Metapod replied to his comment in the publication. “Everyone has to start somewhere, and as long as the feed raw material has a sustainable origin, it’s good to add a little bit. Rome was not built in a day, and we are confident that our climate footprint is almost nonexistent.”

SalmonBusiness reported on Friday that despite running PR campaign that it would be providing grasshopper feed to Salmon Group, Metapod can only actually produce cricket feed for the time being as current regulations dictate so.