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• As the global appetite for octopus grows, scientists and researchers are fighting against potential octopus farming arguing it would increase, not alleviate, pressure on wild aquatic animals and be a counter act to global food security.

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A group of scientists is urging the seafood industry to halt efforts to industrialize octopus farming.

Global stocks of squid and octopus are in serious decline. At the same time, demand is up. As a result, seafood businesses are in something of an eight-armed race to industrialize octopus farming. The undertaking, if successful, could be highly lucrative. But its economic benefit may be heavily outweighed by its potential adverse ethical and environmental consequences, according to an analysis published in the journal Issues in Science and Technology last week.

Now, at this point you might be wondering to yourself, there’s such a thing as farmed octopus? The answer is “not yet.” Currently, octopus aren’t farmed at industrial scale. So, the next logical question might be, then why would scientists want to stop that from happening?

Before I go any further, let’s get some basics cleared up.

Read the full article on octopus farming by Jessica Fu at The New Food Economy