Mowi salmon farm off Uist

Why activist film-making should not be mistaken for journalism

THERE’S a documentary coming out later this year. Well, it claims to be a documentary but it will really be more of a diatribe. It’s called 'Eating Our Way to Extinction' and you can probably guess what its about. It an anti-meat, anti-fish, anti-corporate, anti-pretty much anything to do with ordinary food production film, as far as we can tell.

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland farm technician on Orkney

Scottish salmon reaches new audiences

Flying into Kirkwall’s tiny airport you would be hard pressed to imagine anywhere else in the UK where a population of only 26,000, spread across 16 or so inhabited islands, could deliver such an incredible breadth of fine quality food and drink.

The islands’ produce ranges from renowned whiskies, gins, cheeses and meats to, chocolate and seafood, including farmed salmon that is among the best in the world. 

Pan fried salmon fillet

Can aquaculture feed the world?

IT is easy for anyone to take a hasty – and understandable – dislike to the United Nations, particularly those who have tried to wander around the UN’s campus in New York.

If anything is going on there, roads are shut off, officious members of the NYPD stand, pompous and shouting while convoys of identical black SUVs with smoked glass windows hurtle past pedestrians squeezed into street corners.

Orkney beach

Leading the global food revolution

Walk into the control room of the feed barge on a Scottish salmon farm today and what will greet you is more space race than farming.

There will be an array of screens, some showing ever-changing figures and charts but many with live video footage from inside the pens.

There will be electronic microscopes to monitor plankton levels, digital thermometers for the water temperature and gauges showing the feed levels in the stores.

Loch Fyne

Opinion: Don't blame farms for nationwide decline

THE first proper spring salmon I ever saw was pulled from the icy waters of the Tay on a bitter March day 20 years ago.

There was snow in the air, the water was barely above freezing – it actually felt lower than that even through a pair of neoprene waders – and the sky was glowering threateningly above the long salmon rods flicking lines out across the black river.

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