Last Tuesday, the 12th of December, the students of high school Blanca d’Anjou went on a school trip to Sant Carles de la Ràpita. There they visited a researched center called IRTA, a food-processing research institute of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

The goal of this institute is to be a part of the modernization, competition and sustainable development of the agricultural, nutrition and aquaculture sector, the source of healthy quality food for the consumer and, as a whole, the best wellbeing of the population.

At the institute they gave us a small tour, to see all the facilities, thereupon they gave us a lecture about aquiculture but It seems there was a bit of a misunderstanding because the person who gave us the lecture completely disagreed with my classmates idea on the subject.

A week later we’ve had a debate, where the issue was aquiculture.

First of all I’d like to define the meaning of what aquiculture really is. Aquiculture is the cultivation of aquatic organisms, in the coastal and non-coastal areas; it mainly implies an intervention in the reproduction process to expand the population.

We had the debate with this definition in mind. Most of my classmates, me included, expressed that aquiculture is no more than a business and that the people who are part of it, don’t care for their own health or the consumers, they are only there to make money. On the other hand, some of the people who agreed with aquiculture cultivation pointed out that, thanks to this procedure we have more control over the foods that we put into our bodies. The debate ended as it begun, each of us ended with the same opinion as we started with.

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