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Op-Ed: To address malnutrition, we should turn to ‘blue’ foods | Al Jazeera

Two women sit on the harborside untangling fishing nets.

This excerpt is from an opinion piece by Jim Leape, Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions and member of the BFA Core Team. The full op-ed is available here.

A ‘blue food revolution’ can help turn the tide against climate change and malnutrition.

Our food system currently leaves three billion malnourished and will have to feed 10 billion people by 2050, all under the intensifying and unpredictable effects of climate change.

Aquatic “blue” foods – fish, shellfish and algae that are caught or cultivated in fresh or saltwater – are poised to play an ever more important role in addressing this gap and building a better food system in the future.

A landmark new study, the Blue Food Assessment, shows how we can benefit from the multitude of opportunities that exist in the world’s waters.

With nine fishing seasons left to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the research shows that blue foods are one of the best solutions to the dual challenges of climate change and malnutrition that are rapidly accelerating around the world.

Read the full Al Jazeera op-ed