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US RAS tilapia farm integrates to survive, but it’s lonely
In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, stands a real oddity, like something from a Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museum. A 100,000 Sq Ft US land-based tilapia farm that’s making money.
"How to Farm a Better Fish" - National Geographic- June 2014
By Joel K. Bourne, Jr. - Photographs by Brian Skerry http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/aquaculture/
"The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories"- NPR 4/7/2014
by Dan Charles- National Public Radio- April 07, 2014
"Unlikely niche" Roanoke Times article 5-1-2011
Unlikely niche: Blue Ridge Aquaculture has become the countrys biggest producer in indoor-raised tilapia- http://www.roanoke.com/business/business/284961
Four million pounds of Tilapia born and bred in one local hometown
By Hollani Davis, WDBJ7-TV - December 01, 2010 http://www.wdbj7.com/news/wdbj-four-million-pounds-of-tilapia-120110,0,3196448.story
U.S. Sen Mark Warner Tours Fishery,Weighs Role. from: Martinsville Bulletin 4-7-10
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner toured Blue Ridge Aquaculture on Tuesday to learn about the company and its potential role in redeveloping the region's economy. 4-7-2010
Two Sides to Every Tilapia- Washington Post - Wednesday, August 8, 2007
In just a few years, Americans' annual consumption of tilapia has quadrupled, from a quarter-pound per person in 2003 to a full pound in 2006. In the mid-Atlantic, Blue Ridge Aquaculture in Martinsville, Va., raises nearly 4 million pounds each year.
Health Benefits
Tilapia: the fish for the future? Explore this delicious eco-friendly fish.
A good explanation on the sustainability of tilapia. By Nicci Micco of eatingwell.com http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/green_sustainable/tilapia_the_fish_for_the_future
Tilapia should NOT be removed from diet
"Tilapia is a high-quality protein, low in both total and saturated fat. contains up to 100 mg of omega-3. The average daily consumption of EPA and DHA in the United States is only 100 mg to 200 mg." By Thomas Repas of Endocrine Today
An Open Letter regarding recent reports that low-fat fish like tilapia are unhealthy
"Tilapia and catfish are examples of lower-fat fish that have fewer omega-3s than the oily fish listed above, but still provide more of these heart-healthy nutrients than hamburger, steak, chicken, pork or turkey." By William S. Harris, PhD, FAHA
Catfish and Tilapia: Healthy or Harmful?
"Both contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids." By Jennifer Nelson, M.S., R.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D www.mayoclinic.com/health/tilapia/MY00167