Do they still count as aphrodisiacs?

Fascinating piece here about how French oyster farmers are adopting new technology to keep their business alive and vibrant.

There are all sorts of interesting nuggets (pearls?) here: from the fact that oyster quality used to be tested by injecting liquid from an oyster into a mouse – if the mouse croaked, the oysters were bad – to the information that many oysters are now triploids, that is, bred from two fathers and one mother.

One French oyster farmer rejects the notion that triploids are ethically unsound:

“That orange juice you drank this morning?” he says. “Triploid oranges. Farm-raised salmon and trout? Triploids.”

Ewww…that just can’t be good for us.


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