'Food security exists when all people, at all time have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.'
The current world population is 6.5 billion
The predicted population by 2050 is 9 billion
Food demand is projected to increase by 50% by 2030 and to double by 2050.
Today 1 billion people are chronically undernourished and 1 billion are overweight with 300m of them obese.
We cannot use more land to farm and the seas cannot be fished any more intensively. However Aquaculture is a possible route for growth.
In addition we need more efficient farming-we need to increase the output per unit input
A quarter of the world’s crops are currently lost to pests and diseases.
1/3 of global food production is lost or wasted.
In the developing world most is lost at production stage- this includes loss of biomass meant for human consumption but used for fuel or for animal feed.
In the developed world 100kg per person per year is wasted at the consumption stage.
Fastest growing food producing sector in the world
>90% comes from developing world
>230 different species
~60% from freshwater, 35% from the sea and 5% from brackish water- BUT this provides 16% of the value
MSc in Aquatic Food Security
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