Whole Foods supplier Kvarøy will not use Brazilian soy in fish feed

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Salmon farmer Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett has chosen to replace all Brazilian soy with European approved soy in the feed they use. Among other things, 50 percent of the soy-based feed has been replaced with feed made from algae, although it is more expensive.

Managing Director Alf Gøran Knutsen says in Wednesday’s edition of the Klassekampen, that there is great uncertainty associated with certification systems. He believes that all soy is not good, even though it is certified.

“We don’t want to be associated with any of that happening over there, no matter how certified it is,” says Knutsen.

According to Knutsen, total demand for soy from Brazil, whether certified or not, is driving deforestation in the Amazon.

“The total demand is greater than what is certified,” he told the newspaper.

Mowi, the world’s largest fish farmer, is also considering to stop sourcing Brazilian soy in the fish feed. The director of the Brazilian Amazonas research institute Ipam, André Guimarães, believes Norwegian fish farmers ending their purchase of soybeans from Brazil will be unfortunate.

Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett is one of the main suppliers of farmed salmon to the US supermarket chain Whole Foods.