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Placing Aquatic Foods at the Center of a Sustainable and Healthy Future of Food

In recent years, one assessment after another has concluded that to nourish a population of 10 billion people while sustaining the Earth’s natural systems, the world will increasingly need to rely on food produced in ocean and freshwater fisheries and aquaculture. Yet there has been no systematic assessment of the assumptions, tradeoffs, and possibilities underpinning that vision. To build a healthy, sustainable food system, we need a deeper understanding of how the diversity of aquatic or ‘blue’ foods - thousands of species, farmed or harvested using a large variety of technologies - can contribute to improving nutrition security, reducing the environmental impacts of food production, and supporting development. We need to understand the interconnections between aquatic and terrestrial production and find pathways for transformation that recognize the variety of decision-makers - fishers, growers, processors, merchants, consumers, governments, and international organizations - who drive change. In response to this need, the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) is partnering with the Stockholm Resilience Center to produce a so-called ‘Blue Food Assessment’, aimed at bringing a much deeper understanding of aquatic foods into global food dialogues. In this talk I will introduce the work of COS, motivate the need for a Blue Food Assessment, and present initial research findings that show how integrating knowledge on aquatic and terrestrial food systems improves our understanding of vulnerability to (environmental) change.

Speaker: Michelle Tigchelaar, Early Career Fellow, Stanford University

Wednesday, 11/06/19

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Estuary & Ocean Science Center

3152 Paradise Drive
Bay Conference Center, South Bay Room
Tiburon, CA 94920

Phone: 415-33803700
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