Farmed Oysters | Food and our planet | What you can do | David Suzuki Foundation
Photo: Farmed Oysters

Oysters are filter feeders, meaning their food comes naturally by filtering the plankton from the ocean water. As filter feeders, oysters are sensitive to their environment and often the coastal areas where they are farmed are monitored for pollution a lot closer as a result.

Ask for:

Oysters farmed anywhere worldwide in a suspended culture system.

Avoid:

Wild oysters that are caught by scallop dredge or tonging.

Cooking & nutrition:

This shellfish is often enjoyed raw on the half shell, although it can also be a tasty addition to soups and baked dishes. Oysters are especially high in vitamins E and zinc. They also have dopamine, which has aphrodisiac-like qualities.

Recipe:

New Year's Eve Oyster Chowder (PDF) from A Good Catch.

Farming:

Farming oysters begins with the collection or creation of oyster larvae. Once the larvae transform into a tiny oyster, they can then be transferred to the ocean where they are raised in a suspended culture. Canadian oysters are farmed on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

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