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By Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann

Fish from the StadtFarm: Good for planet & customers

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Dear Companists,

I hope you all had a good start into a successful and healthy New Year! Today, I would like to show why StadtFarm catfish is such a great and important product - and what you can do for yourself and the planet through your consumption choices.

 

1. Our fish saves the oceans

By now, everyone has heard it or read it in the news: our seas are "empty;" depending on the statistics, between 80 and 95% of all stocks are overfished. In the last 40 years, humans have eaten half of all fish from the oceans - plus all the fish reproduced during that time. If we continue like this, the system will collapse and there will be nothing left to catch.

Today, more than every second fish in the world was caught in aquaculture. One could think that humanity has understood and reacted correctly. Or have we?

Aquaculture essentially exists in three forms: Nets and cages in the open sea (mostly near the coast), pond management mostly connected to flowing waters, and closed recirculation systems in buildings. In order to be economical, the volume of fish held in aquaculture is very dense, making high pollution of the water through excrements, food remains etc. inevitable. Water exchange takes place automatically in the sea and ponds, excrement sinks to the bottom while food residues, antibiotics and hormones are flushed into the environment. Therefore, many areas around fish farms are regarded as a biological dead zone. Even supposedly closed circulation systems in buildings have to extract the nutrients from the system; as a result, they exchange their water up to once a week - after which it ends up in the sewage.

This is not a real solution, especially as the fish fodder also has to come from somewhere else and often consists predominantly of bycatch, i.e. fish from the sea. Even a salmon bred for performance needs 3-4 kg of food to gain one kg in weight. A lot of fish thus becomes less fish.

With AquaTerraPonik, the technology we developed at BE Food specially for the StadtFarms, the nutrients are filtered out via a plant purification process. Coincidentally, these are also agricultural plants. As such, 30 tons of vegetables and fruit can be produced annually with each StadtFarm in addition to 50 tons of fish. The water cascades from the tropical area with bananas, papaya and taro to the subtropical area, where tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other vegetables grow, before reaching the temperate climate zone of salads and herbs. Thus the "strong eaters" among the plants can be the first to make use of the nutrients, while the leafy vegetables take over the fine filtration at the end. Finally, clean water is available for the fish once again.

As for the fish, we have opted for Clarias Gariepinus, the African Catfish. The animal is comfortable with a high stocking density, as it comes very close to the conditions of its natural habitat in the dry season. Clarias is an ideal feed converter and needs only 1 kg of feed per kilogram of weight gain. It also tastes great - read more below.

Every time a customer chooses catfish for a StadtFarm, the seas are relieved and our waters are protected. Those who consciously eat StadtFarm fish instead of meat even save a lot of CO2 and equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, as our meat consumption accounts for 30-40% of our ecological footprint. This is good for our planet, which will soon have to provide for 8 billion people.

 

2. Indulge with a good conscience

I am convinced that sustainability must be fun. That's why it is most important that StadtFarm products are delicious first - while giving customers a clear conscience as an added bonus. Our catfish can be prepared in an extremely versatile way and even tastes like meat in some dishes! The variety is truly vast:

  • raw as sushi or cooked with citrus juice in ceviche
  • smoked or bated (we had it this year for Christmas!) with a mild mustard-honey sauce or a creamed horseradish
  • as a spread in the form of rillettes or as aspic for bread
  • as fish balls instead of fish fingers - many children are downright addicted to them
  • in the form of dumplings - fried or in broth for cold days
  • as a skewer or bratwurst for the grill (yeah, the bratwursts are great!)
  • and, of course, as filet in every imaginable dish: with pasta, in curry, breaded, oven-baked, or simply fried with butter in a pan…

 

And since not everyone is so experienced in preparing fish, we have a StatdFarm fish cookbook, which was created together with food bloggers.

 

BE Food - Rezepte

 

Best of all: Catfish is healthy! High-quality proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals with low fat content (approx. 6g per 100g fillet - a medium-fat fish). You can enjoy it and do something good!

With many StadtFarms that reach many people, we can make a significant contribution to preserving our planet for future generations - and keep our bodies healthy. Support us to grow and move one step closer to these goals.

 

With kind regards,

Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann



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