Could plant-based seafood be the next big vegan trend?
The seafood industry has been following the trend toward vegan alternatives. Having seen that plant based alternatives to meat are growing in popularity, now vegan seafood products – that is to say products that look and taste like seafood are hitting the market.
The health benefits of a plant-based seafood diet are clear.
What is plant based seafood made of?
Plant-based seafood can be found in the form of tuna, salmon, caviar, scallops, squid, crab and shrimp – all these products have already entered the market. The most common ingredients in these products are soy, seaweed, yeast, legumes and various vegetable oils and starches.
Can you be vegan and still eat seafood?
Yes – the seafood industry has responded to the global market for vegan and vegetarian dishes by developing plant based seafood options. There are available both fish and shellfish plant based products that allows you to maintain a plant based seafood diet. There are many available plant based seafood recipes now available to allow you to prepare delicious and healthy vegan dishes.
The World Sustainability Organization and The Good Food Institute Sustainable Seafood Initiative have initiated a joint certification program for plant-based seafood.
The certification will be part of the WSO’s Friend of the Sea certification program, under a new “Golden Standard.” The Friend of the Sea Golden Standard will help plant-based seafood companies certify their products according to sustainable certification criteria of the WSO’s Friend of the Earth agriculture standards.
Plant-based meat products will receive a comparable Golden Certification from Friend of the Earth.
The Standard for vegan seafood products
Our standard, which is applicable for these products, is based on SAFA (Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems) guidelines set by UN-FAO. Intensive agriculture practices contribute to the loss of agricultural and natural biodiversity, degrading ecosystems and causing a reduction in animal and plant species. Such activities are also resulting in increased greenhouse gas emissions.
The Friend of the Sea Golden Standard for plant-based seafood will assure consumers that products have been made by adopting sustainable practices without harming the environment. To obtain the certification, companies must meet the following requirements:
To obtain the certification, companies must meet the following requirements: