How can we meet the nutritional demands of the future? Global food systems will need to feed 9 billion people by 2050, but food from the ocean has not been well integrated into long-term planning. Still, around one-fifth of people on the planet rely on fish as their main source of protein. Co-Director Fiorenza Micheli visited the Carnegie Institute for Science on May 14th to share a recent "Oceans and the Future of Food" Initiative in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment and Springer Nature.
"There has been a realization by NGOs, governments and other institutions over recent years that oceans are vital to the future of human health and food security," said Micheli. The initiative brings together stakeholders in ocean and land spheres to think about the role of seafood in global food systems and the impact of land systems on the ocean.
"The oceans are 95% of the biosphere, so we really need to ramp up to a scale that matters. What solutions will make an impact?" said Micheli. "We need to start thinking about the networks and partnerships that can exist on a global scale."