Editorial 27: The future of livestock and aquaculture.
Promote the production of protein should be a priority for governments, researchers, industry and the general population. Current productive methods are being questioned from developed sectors of society, based on legitimate arguments about animal welfare during the rearing period and the cruelty of animal sacrifice. 8000 years ago, the human species made a significant qualitative leap from collectors/hunters to farmers. Those ancestors were the first geneticists, zootechnicals, and pathologists that, empirically, domesticated and selected strains of plants and animals. Nowadays, we are questioning the basis that allowed the development of the current civilization.
In the field of aquaculture the situation is the same that agriculture and livestock had 8000 years ago. There is a clear shortage of protein in fish and shellfish that natural repopulation can provide to contribute with human nutrition.
It is necessary another jump from “hunter” to “sea farmer”. But the question is if this development will be criticized and accused as a cruelty.
Finally, we would like to point out that if we insist on humanize the production of protein, as an imitation of some films that attribute human feelings and behaviors to animals, we are endangering the supply of protein to a growing population. Thus, humanity will be obligated to a protein production based on the collection of synthetic protein in laboratory-farms, and all of this because the defense of a naturalistic philosophy.