Inmates Raise Fish for Whole Foods
Coloradans buying tilapia from Whole Foods in Colorado Springs can take an extra bit of pride in knowing who is raising the fish for the vendor supplying Whole Foods: Inmates at Arrowhead, a minimum security facility for drug/alcohol and offenders.
About 95 inmates-turned-fish-farmers earn 60 cents a day, plus bonus. It amounts to a paycheck of about $40 a month. The fish biz started small six years ago and is now the biggest industry at Arrowhead.
The fish are raised in 12,000-gallon fiberglass tanks built by the inmates, located in a greenhouse, without hormones, “in water, baking soda and salt."
"Relaxing music" is piped in to make the fish mellow. Amount sold: 100,000 pounds a year. [More...]
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