In 2010, the CEO of the American Soy Association reported that the
organization has been closely monitoring progress in the development of
offshore fish farming legislation and meeting with congressional staff
on the topic. In March 2011, it endorsed a controversial plan that would
allow such fish farming or “aquaculture” in the Gulf of Mexico. In
September 2011, a press release was issued announcing a new marine fish
farm project that would “revolutionize sustainable agriculture.” The
source of the release? The Illinois Soybean Association.
Why are trade associations for an agricultural commodity that is
grown on land involved in policies and marketing that affect the use and
stewardship of our oceans?