Between May of 2002 and the spring of 2010, the David Suzuki Foundation distributed a brochure titled, "Why You Shouldn't Eat Farmed Salmon." This brochure was produced as part of the Pacific Salmon Forests project.
According to U.S. tax returns, between 2000 and 2003, U.S. foundations paid $US 3.4 million to the David Suzuki Foundation for the Pacific Salmon Forests project, including:
- $762,600 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, California (CA)
- $ 815,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park, CA
- $ 1,080,000 from the Lannan Foundation, based in New Mexico
- $ 180,000 from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, San Francisco, CA
- $US 20,000 from the Marisla Foundation, based in Laguna Beach, CA
As it appears, the $US 762,600 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation was provided as part of the Marine Fisheries program. This program has a strategy titled Market Intervention Tools to Conserve Marine Fisheries. Was the David Suzuki Foundation's brochure, Why You Shouldn't Eat Farmed Salmon, one of the Market Intervention tools paid for by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, based in California?
Over roughly the same period that the Goldman Fund granted $180,000 to the David Suzuki Foundation, the Goldman Fund also paid $60,000 to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (I.A.T.P.) based in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a project titled, "Ending Industrial Aquaculture." The I.A.T.P. co-ordinates the "Go Wild" campaign for which the stated purpose is "to break the cheap farmed fish habit… so that wild fish will be more widely distributed."
The Salmon Shopper's Guide produced by the I.A.T.P. refers readers to the David Suzuki Foundation for on-line information on "the perils of feedlot salmon farming." Another Salmon Shopper's Guide produced as part of the Go Wild campaign refers the public to SeaWeb (Seafood Choices), the Farmed and Dangerous campaign, and the Marine Stewardship Council. The guides say, "There are two choices of salmon: wild and farmed." These guides make no mention at all of Alaska's ocean-ranching or Alaskan ranched salmon - which accounts for about one third of so-called Alaskan "wild" salmon.
Several Alaskan salmon suppliers provide links to the web-sites of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform. For example, Rose Fisheries.
Note: This post was up-dated on June 6, 2011 to include that the Wilburforce Foundation paid $620,000 towards the Pacific Salmon Forests project.
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