Bren Smith, a former fisherman, now a proud ‘ocean farmer,’ grows kelp and shellfish. He believes that his way of farming is very beneficial not only to him, as it gives him a livelihood, but to the planet as well because it feeds the world and slows-and may even reverse-the effects of climate change. And unlike traditional farming, his farm is not costly and requires no pesticides and fertilizers.
Ocean farming gave hope to people when Canada experienced an economic collapse that left 30,000 people jobless. Smith also says that there are over 10,000 ocean plant species that should be looked at, and that we should view the seas as a new space for farming, a process which is easy to start and replicate. Farming kelp is also breaking the stereotype that seaweed is exclusive for Asians. Turning unpleasant looking kelp to delicious meals is also one way to market it.
Ocean farming, for Smith, is a job not just for money but also for meaning. He thinks that jobs like this is something that you can draw art from, which is for him a way to help find solutions for climate change.