Environment Tasmania has entered battle with Tassal fish farms that has fouled the ocean so much and had such negative effects on endangered species and wants to lecture kids in school to think they are environmentally sustainable.
Go here to sign the petition to keep Tassal out of schools: http://www.et.org.au/tassal_not_welcome_in_the_classroom?utm_campaign=tassal_schools&utm_medium=email&utm_source=environmenttasmania.
Here is the ET site: http://www.et.org.au/.
Here is the news release on the issue:
"To:Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon
CEO of the Primary Industries Foundation Australia, Ben Stockwin
keep Tassal's corporate advertising out of our primary schools
announced they are heading into schools to promote their salmon to kids. But
with their soaring antibiotics use, marine dead zones, threats to endangered
species and the formation of thick bacterial mats under their pens around
Tasmania, Tassal gets a D minus in sustainability from us.
We know how
important it is for kids to understand where our food comes, how it is grown
and how to make the best choice as consumers. But when it comes to sustainable
aquaculture Tassal has failed consistently in Tasmania. On the east coast
of Tasmania Tassal are moving into endangered whale calving habitat, and on the
west coast they have already pushed the endangered Maugean Skate to the brink
of extinction. They’re planning to double production, which means farming new
areas, and their track record suggests they’ll do so with scant regard for the
concerns of locals, tourism operators and recreational fishers.
This is not
what a truly sustainable salmon farming industry looks like, and it’s not what
we want to be teaching the next generation. And with Tassal's product coming
from unhealthy growing conditions, and the company's 75% spike in use of
antibiotics listed by the World Health Organisation as very important for human
health, there are real questions about how healthy Tassal's salmon is.
corporate advertising has no place in our primary schools. We urge you to act
to prevent Tassal's Salmon in Schools program from going
Sign here: http://www.et.org.au/tassal_not_welcome_in_the_classroom?recruiter_id=169165