The ecological mirage of private Boeings for fresh fish

Flying fish, high in the sky, in a large refrigerator. Salmon farming company Bakkafrost has just acquired a Boeing 757 to get its fresh produce to customers’ plates in record time, reports The Guardian. The Faroese company claims that this purchase will allow it to reduce its carbon footprint by using delivery intermediaries.

For their part, environmental activists point out “the climate impact of the global seafood industry and its growing reliance on air freight”. They recall that transatlantic flights between Scandinavian countries and the United States are “17 times more CO2 than sea freight.

Reduce transport time or carbon footprint

Bakkafrost CEO Regin Jacobsen says direct flights the company is about to launch would cut CO2 emissions by 45%2 :

Reduced transportation time means extra fresh produce for New York and East Coast consumers [des États-Unis] and a reduction in food waste.

The effects of this strategy on environmental protection are disputed, recalls the British daily, and in particular by its rival Hiddenfjord, which has ceased all air freight since October 2020. The competing company now uses boats to deliver to the United States. United in nine days, which would have allowed him to “reduce its carbon footprint by 94% for one tenth of the price of the flight”.

“Rather than finding ways to transport food even faster around the world, we are striving to create a food system that feeds the people of the planet while helping to preserve nature, underlines the general director of the organization Sustain, who campaigns for sustainable food

18% of Norwegian fresh salmon is transported by air, note The Guardianand these trips account for 50% of the total carbon emissions from salmon farms.

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