Time for a blue food revolution

An unprecedented review of the aquatic foods sector uncovers how fisheries and aquaculture can play a greater role in delivering healthy diets and more sustainable, equitable and resilient food systems around the world. It finds that fish, shellfish and algae offer untapped potential for global development if the right policies and investments are put in place. Five peer-reviewed papers, published in Nature journals as part…

Changing eating habits

What we eat has major consequences for the health of the planet, as well as for our own individual health. In Sweden, food generates 15 percent of the consumption based greenhouse gas emissions, and with 51% of the Swedes overweight, many of the most common diseases and causes of death are food related. This is a worldwide trend, and in addition, food production can cause…

Blue food assessment initiated

Researchers have launched a new scientific assessment that will look at the role of seafood in the global food system, as the world population is estimated to reach ten billion by 2050. This research initiative, called The Blue Food Assessment, was kicked off during a meeting at the Stanford University Center for Ocean Solutions in February 2020. Feeding into UN global Food Summit The assessment…

A new seafood narrative

Seafood sustainability is still only marginally considered in global policy talks on food production, trade and consumption. That needs to change, according to new research.  The discourse around sustainable seafood practices, where aquaculture plays a central role, started in the 1990s, but seafood still remains poorly integrated into food policy and research. A new article in the journal Global Environmental Change, co-authored by Beijer researchers…

Malin Jonell

A systems ecologist by training and a sustainability governance scholar, I am passionate about food systems, sustainable aquatic production and the role of market based mechanisms. Jonell’s main research interest is sustainable food production, and in particular the role of markets, trade and the private sector in driving positive change in the growing seafood sector. Jonell has a background in ecology and more recently has…

What a difference a label makes

ASC certified fish farms appear to perform better environmentally than non-certified, but further stringency in standards are needed to fully tackle the challenges with aquaculture. This is shown in a recent study published in Marine Policy. Salmon industry faces common problems In the light of overfished oceans and conventional land food systems that use too much water and nutrient resources, farmed fish can be a promising…

Feeding 10 billion people by 2050 within planetary limits may be achievable

A global shift towards healthy and more plant-based diets, halving food loss and waste, and improving farming practices and technologies are required to feed 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, a new study finds. Adopting these options reduces the risk of crossing global environmental limits related to climate change, the use of agricultural land, the extraction of freshwater resources, and the pollution of ecosystems through…

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