How to Farm a Fish

publication, installation

At this moment, we live with seven billion people on this planet. This number continues to grow, and so does the demand for food. Current agriculture can not meet this demand. Is there an other way in which we can continue to provide the world with food? And can this be done in a sustainable way, so that the Earth will not endure more?

I was convinced that I lived quite sustainably, but I found out that this was not the case. Research shows that innovation of the food industry can contribute to the sustainability of the world. But for many people, this sounds like science-fiction. 

Since this year, people have been eating more farmed fish than wild fish. Aquaculture includes the artificial cultivation of fish, shellfish and various species of algae, intended for consumption. This is the most efficient way to disconnect our fish consumption from the fish caught in the wild. The systems on land use little water and energy, but can deliver a high yield.

‘How to Farm a Fish’ should create more nuance on new developments in the food industry and its impact on the sustainability of the world. I use my camera as a means to gain access to the closed systems where this innovation takes place and through visual research I come to my interpretation of these developments. My goal is to refute the aversion to the artificial process, because I am convinced that the future lies in fish farming on land.