Led by Professors Rosamond Naylor and Beatrice Crona, the Blue Food Assessment (BFA) brings together more than 100 scientists from across the globe to develop a deeper understanding of the role blue foods play in food systems now and in the future. As the foundation of our Oceans & Food initiative, the BFA aims to inform and drive change in the policies and practices that will shape the future of food. Over the past two years, team members from the Center for Ocean Solutions have been involved in every aspect of developing and delivering the BFA and look forward to presenting our findings at the Global Launch Event on September 16.
During this 60-minute digital broadcast, top voices from the food systems transformation community will bring BFA findings to life for the first time to decision-makers and the public. The launch will kick-start discussions centered on the tradeoffs involved in building a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system, and show the momentous support growing around blue foods as a promising solution.
"The Blue Food Assessment urges thought leaders from terrestrial and aquatic systems to come together as a united front,” says Naylor, Co-chair of the Blue Food Assessment and founding director of the Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment. Blue food can be a powerful tool to improve public health, advance equitable livelihoods and boost sustainable food production. Despite these many benefits, blue food is often overlooked in global food system discussions, which tend to focus on terrestrial crops and livestock. The launch of the BFA will highlight the interconnection of aquatic and terrestrial food systems, present the latest science on how blue food can support a shift towards a healthier and more sustainable future, and spark policy discussions about how to set that shift in motion.
The event recording will also be made available after the premiere on the BFA website.
The BFA is an international joint initiative that brings together over 100 scientists from more than 25 institutions. The Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, and Stanford Center on Food Security & the Environment are lead science partners. EAT is the lead impact partner. This interdisciplinary team supports decision-makers in evaluating trade-offs and implementing solutions to build healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems.