GoWild Foods transforms environmental problems into America's next generation of wild, healthy foods that restore native ecosystems and strengthen local economies
If we were to ask the planet – what should we be eating – what would the planet say? GoWild Foods asks that question and develops the supply webs and markets to implement the answers.
By tapping into the huge biomass of nutritious abundant and invasive species proliferating in the American wilds, our mission is to build a food system that is inherently responsive to nature, where nourishing our bodies creates a net positive for the planet.
WHY WE LOVE SILVER SKIPPER
In a world of declining wild fish stocks, destructive fishing practices, harmful fish farming, and increasingly polluted fish, Silver Skipper offers a wild, nutritious fish option for which consumption actually restores native ecosystems.
Unknown to most Americans, Silver Skipper, or silver carp, is a member of the Asian carp family. It is the largest aquaculture fish in the world. Global consumption of farmed Asian carp is greater than global consumption of Pacific and Atlantic salmon – both wild and farmed. Introduced in the U.S. in the 1970s, Asian carp is now considered invasive in 17 states. Due to its abundance and invasive label in the U.S., and the fact that is shares the “carp” name with the wholly unrelated bottom-feeding common European carp, Americans consider Asian carp to be a trash fish. Silver Skipper is one of our most environmentally responsible, healthy, and delicious American protein choices.
Clean, light taste
Silver Skipper have a light texture and a clean, non-fishy taste resembling cod. In a taste panel conducted by the University of Illinois, more than 60% of participants preferred the mild taste of canned carp to canned tuna.
Positive Environmental Impact
Silver Skipper presents the unprecedented opportunity to have a net positive environmental “foodprint” by restoring native ecosystems through consumption.
Silver Skipper are protein rich and higher in Omega 3's per gram than other freshwater fish, comparable to wild salmon. Filter feeders that eat low in the food chain, Silver Skipper are lower in environmental toxins than tuna and many salmon.
Broad Product Range
With an adaptable flavor profile, Silver Skipper lends itself to a broad spectrum of preparations and products.
A member of the Asian Carp family native to China, Silver Skipper, or silver carp, were introduced in the U.S. in the 1970s to control algae growth and improve water quality on catfish farms. Shortly after their arrival, Silver Skipper escaped from fish farms during a flood event and established populations in the nearby Mississippi River. Since then, Silver Skipper have used the Mississippi River and its tributaries as a highway system to spread into 17 states across the Southern and Midwestern United States.
The combination of Silver Skipper’s insatiable appetite – they are filter feeders that can eat 20% of their body weight per day – and adaptability has enabled Silver Skipper to outcompete native fish species and monopolize entire ecosystems. In some sections of the Illinois River, Silver Skipper and bighead carp (another Asian Carp species) account for more than 90% of the river’s biomass.
Where to find silver skipper
Silver Skipper are considered invasive in 17 states along the Mississippi River, its tributaries, and nearby lakes. Despite significant investments in dams, electric fencing, and other control mechanisms, Silver Skipper have traveled the length of the Mississippi River and throughout the American South and Midwest. Major efforts are now underway to prevent their introduction in the Great Lakes.
America is home to myriad plant and animal species that are highly nutritious and widely consumed outside of the U.S., but are considered here to be overly abundant, nuisances, and even invasive. Our purpose is to harness this huge biomass of nutritious abundant species proliferating in the American wilds to build a food system that is inherently responsive to nature, where nourishing our bodies creates a net positive for the planet – restoring native ecosystems and strengthening local economies.
GoWild Foods is identifying these species and transforming them from environmental problems into uniquely nutritious and environmentally responsible foods.
Our first species focus is Silver Skipper, also known as silver carp, a member of the Asian carp family that was introduced to the U.S. in the 1970s and is now considered invasive in 17 states throughout states of the Lower and Upper Mississippi River Basin.
We aim to transform Silver Skipper from a destructive and costly threat to native ecosystems and local communities into the most responsible, delicious, and healthy American fish choice. We consider harvest and commercialization of Silver Skipper to be a critical part of a multi-faceted approach to Asian carp population control and we work in partnership with local authorities, scientists, and dedicated agencies to this end. GoWild Foods aims to achieve the following impacts.
Cause millions of Americans to eat Silver Skipper as their preferred choice for healthy, environmentally responsible seafood
Generate living wage jobs and valuable livelihoods in the Silver Skipper fishing, processing, and distribution sectors
Spur economic and social revitalization of rural and peri-urban communities in the Lower Mississippi River Basin
Reduce the Asian carp population through harvest and commercialization of Silver Skipper, in coordination with other control efforts
Reduce population pressure on threatened fish species that bear the brunt of America’s demand for seafood
We're bringing mission-aligned fishermen, processors, manufacturers, food brands, policy makers, and investors together to manage the Silver Skipper population and put this healthy, delicious fish on America's dinner tables. Interested in learning more about our activities on the ground and in the water? Contact us.
Born and raised in the food mecca of Memphis, Tennessee, Arielle and Paul are the sister-brother duo behind GoWild Foods. After years apart working for sustainable food systems and conservation policy, their shared passion for creating food that is better for people and the planet reunited them and spawned the creation of GoWild Foods.
Fueled by a passion for food systems that serve both people and the planet, Arielle has been on a journey ranging from the coffee farms of Honduras to the mountains of Afghanistan. Through co-founding and working with mission-aligned food companies and connecting small farmers to markets around the world, Arielle has developed an acute ability to build and scale projects with purpose. After years of working for one world and eating for another, Arielle teamed up with Paul to create a future in which eating can restore the planet and communities we love.
Arielle is a founding Advisory Board Member of Ag Innovation Development Group, a University of California Berkeley Development Impact Lab Practitioner in Residence, 2014 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, and a Kiva Agriculture Ambassador. Arielle earned her M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics and an M.S. in International Agriculture Development from the University of California, Davis.
An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, Paul fights with love for the waters and lands that live within him. Whether it was leading the successful Congressional coalition against the Keystone XL Pipeline, crafting a national campaign to protect Alaskan salmon wilderness, or completing his graduate work in resource management, Paul has dedicated his life to generating effective solutions to critical environmental challenges. Tired of eating foods that harm the very resources he has spent his life protecting, Paul teamed up Arielle to create GoWild Foods.
Paul has a Masters Degree in Environmental Resource Management from the University College of Dublin, where he attended as a George Mitchell Scholar, as well as a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis as a Political Science and Environmental Studies double major. Paul is also a recipient of the Harry S Truman Scholarship and the Morris K. Udall Scholarship.
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