Oysters have been caught and eaten by people for centuries. Today, there is increasing awareness of how climate-friendly oysters are (alongside other bivalves like mussels and scallops) as a food source as we search for alternatives to industrial agriculture to feed the world’s ever increasing population. This is as they do not require feed unlike fish and other livestock, and therefore have a relatively lower carbon footprint, alongside the other ecological benefits as discussed in the rest of this exhibition. Compared to plant crops, they do not require land (and thus deforestation), freshwater and fertilisers. They are also quite nutritious, being particularly high in Vitamin B12, Vitamin A and iron.
- Willer, D. F., & Aldridge, D. C. (2020). Sustainable bivalve farming can deliver food security in the tropics. Nature Food, 1(7), 384-388.