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The State of the Oceans, Part 1 Eating Away Global Food Source

By Tibbetts, John

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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: The State of the Oceans, Part 1 Eating Away Global Food Source  
Author: Tibbetts, John
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, United Nations., United Nations. Office for Disarmament Affairs
Collections: Government Library Collection, Disarmament Documents
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Publisher: United Nations- Office for Disarmament Affairs (Unoda)


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Excerpt: Consumer demand for seafood has skyrocketed since the 1970s. Total fish consumption worldwide jumped from almost 50 million metric tons in 1976 to 95.5 million metric tons in 1990, according to the 2002 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. This does not include fish used to feed farmed fish, poultry, and other livestock, which hovers around 30 million metric tons a year. Worldwide, about 1 billion people rely on fish for at least 30% of their animal protein, according to the FAO. Some small island nations depend on fish for protein almost exclusively. Seafood has long been a primary source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids for the worlds poor. Human populations have risen significantly in many developing countries where fish consumption patterns have historically been high, says Nikolas Wada, a senior research assistant at the Washington, D.C.?based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and coauthor of the October 2003 report Outlook for Fish to 2020: Meeting Global Demand. As populations become increasingly urbanized, per capita fish consumption tends to rise because of exposure to new markets and dietary patterns.


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