UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization Report Says Farmed Fish To Exceed Wild Fish In Human Consumption By 2018

UN's Food and Agriculture Organization Report Says Farmed Fish To Exceed Wild Fish In Human Consumption By 2018

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (The FAO) just released a report on Monday that projects aquaculture output to rise 33 percent over the next decade in a bid to meet the world’s growing demand for fish.  World trade of fish for human consumption is expected to expand by as much as 25 percent in the next decade.

UN's Food and Agriculture Organization Report Says Farmed Fish To Exceed Wild Fish In Human Consumption By 2018“Aquaculture will remain one of the fastest-growing animal food-producing sectors,” the report said.  By 2018, farmed fish is expected to exceed captured fish for human consumption for the first time.  The demand for fish has been on a steady increase because of the health benefits, high protein density, and nutrient rich content of fish.

 

The food agency urged countries to effectively manage their fisheries and aquaculture sectors to help ensure the food security for millions of people.  They continued, warning that failing to do so would have serious environmental, economic and social consequences.

“Fisheries and aquaculture are making a vital contribution to global food security and economic growth….However, the sector faces an array of problems, including poor governance, weak fisheries management regimes, conflicts over the use of natural resources, the persistent use of poor fishery and aquaculture practices.  It is further undermined by a failure to incorporate the priorities and rights of small-scale fishing communities and the injustices relating to gender discrimination and child labor.”

 

Do you know where your fish comes from?

World’d Meat Consumption Chart – What Countries Eat the Most and Least Meat?

World'd Meat Consumption Chart - What Countries Eat the Most and Least Meat?Of all the countries in the world, would you have any idea which consumes the most meat per person? I’d certainly have guessed Brazil.  Ever been to one of those Brazilian restaurants where they give you a “Go-No Go” meat paddle?  Just acres of meat constantly running by.  It’s not Brazil, by the way.

And no t’s not the meat loving U.S. (we’re ranked second place) — it’s tiny European nation Luxembourg.  A country with more banks and corporations than people, one that’s only 2/3 the size of Rhode Island, eats 136.5 kg of meat per person a year, close to 300 pounds. Of the 177 countries included in the study, India consumed the least amount, at only seven pounds per person.

The information was gathered by the U.N. Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) and analyzed by The Economist.  The analysis also indicates that consumption of meat has been on the rise worldwide over the last 50 years.  I suppose that’s no surprise given the rise in the standard of living.

Tastes have changed, too:

Cow (beef and veal) was top of the menu in the early 1960s, accounting for 40% of meat consumption, but by 2007 its share had fallen to 23%. Pig is now the animal of choice, with around 99m tonnes consumed.

Western countries still eat the most meat per person, however The Economist notes that it’s rising middle class countries like China that ultimately drive worldwide demand for it.  That and almost one and half BILLION people.

Rwanda (12 Pounds Per Year,) Burundi (11 Pounds Per Year,) The Democratic Republic of Congo (10 Pounds Per Year,) Bangladesh (9 Pounds Per Year,) and India (7 Pounds Per Year) round out the countries who eat the least meat.