Replace meat with seafood to limit temperature rise to 1.5° C, says UN and Cermaq CEO

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Cermaq joins UN in calling for increasing food production in the ocean.

In a press release from the Mitsibushi-owned Cermaq, the salmon farmer writes that increasing food production in the ocean is one of the clear calls to action from the high-level panel for a sustainable ocean economy to reach the climate goal set in the Paris agreement. Both aggressive health campaigns and carbon tax on beef are recommended means, it added.

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or ‘Global Goals’).

The report identifies five opportunities for action, and like the Opportunity report launched by the UN GC Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Businesses, ocean-based energy, ocean-based transport, and fisheries and aquaculture are at the centre.

“The report highlights that aquaculture is part of the solution to our climate challenges. It underlines that increasing food production in the ocean and changing diets away from terrestrial animal-based protein towards plant and the ocean-based option is critical for our climate. It is also good for our health,” said Cermaq CEO Geir Molvik.

“Cermaq is deeply engaged in the UN GC Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Businesses working in partnerships to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. We welcome this report. We know that we must produce more food in the ocean and encourage governments to act accordingly” added Molvik.