The salmon industry in Norway has a significant climate footprint, and feed and raw material production stands for about 80 per cent of the emissions. Therefore, sustainable growth in the aquaculture industry depends on the opportunities for and willingness to restructure the feed industry. The foundation Bellona, has together with several partners, published Råvareløftet, a report which aims to stimulate innovation, industry and jobs in Norway through a feed industry based on new and more sustainable solutions.
The report sheds light on a large selection of candidates for new, alternative feed materials. Some of which stretch from algae, krill and insects to products from animal and vegetable by-products.
Bellona has spoken with three of Norway's leading feed researchers, including the head of Foods of Norway at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Professor Margareth Øverland. One of Øverland's suggestions is how decision-makers must step in to ensure the realization of initiatives in Norway.