The Case For Finless Foods
Fishing is killing our planet. Our ocean ecosystems can’t take the strain of increased fish production, and fish consumption is in a steady rise. Money is being poured into creating efficient aquaculture systems, to grow fish in tanks on land for human consumption. While this is a move in the right direction, if we’re going to make this system as efficient as possible we need to rethink things from the bottom up. Aquaculture is a system of inputs and outputs, why would we have our expensive food inputs create energy for the fish only to have that energy diverted into things we don’t need, like swimming or having a heartbeat? Why can’t we have a system that only puts energy into growing the parts that people want? This is why we at Finless Foods are removing the inefficiencies of aquaculture systems and only devoting energy to growing the parts of the fish that people want. We’re growing fish meat in the same way it’s grown inside of a fish, we’re just doing so in a clean bacteria-free brewery-style environment.
Beyond energy concerns, this creates a better product for the consumer. Everybody has heard of the mercury levels present in larger fish, and how bad this can potentially be for pregnant women and children. Plastic buildup is also a problem due to increasing pollution. If our fish meat is grown outside of the ocean there is no threat of any contaminants. We can grow this fish meat in an environment that controls for bacteria, so even antibiotics will eventually be completely unnecessary. On top of all of this, fishing is needlessly cruel and this would create a real meat supply without the need to harm animals in any way. Once the price of this tech comes down below that of conventionally caught and farmed fish there won’t be any reason to ever eat fish from the ocean ever again.
Not only is this a better product for the consumer, it’s a better product for distributors. Because of the trouble that ocean ecosystems find themselves in the supply of fish is extraordinarily variable. Restaurants and stores that rely on fish from conventional fishing need to constantly change up their menus and ingredients in order to compensate, and it’s a strain on the entire supply chain. This results in many just mislabeling whatever fish they can get their hands on rather than changing their menus. This is hard for people with fish allergies as well as for people who just want to know what they’re eating. Growing these fish on land would create a very steady supply of fish, why mislabel when you know how much fish will cost because of how steady it is?
At Finless Foods we believe that not only is this tech possible, it’s within reach. We’re working in our lab right now to take this inevitable system and make it into realty. This is how people will eat meat, this is how we need to adapt in order to live on a rapidly changing Earth with a rapidly growing human population. It’s not a matter of if this technology will happen, it’s a matter of who will be the first to make it reality.