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.