Tilapia is a favorite in lots of households and many of the communities we serve—it’s often the first fish kids eat because of its mild flavor and appealing consistency. It’s low in mercury, nutrient-rich, cost-efficient, and a good source of lean protein. However, there have been concerns about tilapia farming practices and their potential health and environmental impact. To address these points, SAGE will source our tilapia exclusively from a responsible and sustainable supplier, Regal Springs©.
Regal Springs© raises lake-grown, antibiotic-free tilapia. Their fish have no additives, no polyphosphates, and they’re high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and vitamin B12, which have all been linked to brain health. The company is recommended by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, and it’s certified by international safety groups, including the Aquaculture Stewardship Council™, British Retail Consortium, Global Aquaculture Alliance™, Ocean Wise Conservation Association®, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Regal Springs©, like many SAGE partners, is dedicated to sustainable practices. They’re committed to taking care of their workers, preserving land, protecting water, and adhering to a zero-waste policy. The company was founded in Indonesia by a UN aid worker who knew the powerful impact of responsible farming on local communities. Take a look at their impressive WE CARE Integrated Sustainability Program for more information.
So, next time Herb-Seared Tilapia or Baja Tilapia Tacos are on the menu, encourage your students to partake, knowing they’re getting a delicious, nutrient-rich lunch that’s good for the environment and the social and economic health of local communities.