For the past few weeks there has been a deluge of advertising for Jamieson Omega-3 Super Krill Oil. These ads claim that Krill is the new, advanced source for healthy omega-3s, addressing cardiovascular concerns and joint discomforts. But are they telling the whole story?
While it is true that omega-3s are an important anti-inflammatory and often lack in the standard american diet, sourcing this nutrient from Krill is unsustainable and unethical. An outstanding Canadian-based fish oil company, Ascenta, recently produced a fact sheet that addresses the environmental concerns of Krill Oil.
Here is a snapshot of the information:
Krill is the base of the entire food web - they are the main source of food for whales, penguins and seals
Krill population in the antarctic has declined over the past 30 years
Krill reproduce under sea ice so a decline in sea ice means a decline in krill
Krill tend to swarm together in huge masses making them extremely vulnerable to overfishing, especially industrial trawlers that indiscriminately scoop them up
The Krill Industry has largely not been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council - an organization dedicated to sustainable fishing
"Krill is a bellweather for changes in the Antarctic environment; if krill continue to decline the same effect will ripple through the bird and whale populations that rely on them so heavily."
The message here is that not all supplements are created equal and we have to consider the environmental impacts, especially when sourcing ingredients from the animal world. One of the tenants of the Naturopathic oath is to "...preserve the health of our planet for ourselves, our families and future generations". Incorporating omega-3s into a supplement regimen can have wonderful health benefits, but it should not come at the expense of an eco-system, especially when there are other sustainable options available.
For the full fact sheet from Ascenta, click here: