By Andy Sharpless
The planet may be domestic to greater than nine billion humans through 2050, and we’re already seeing serious degrees of famine all over the world reflected through becoming weight problems in constructed countries. In The ideal Protein, Andy Sharpless continues that keeping wild seafood may also help strive against either concerns, simply because seafood is the healthiest, least expensive, such a lot environmentally pleasant resource of protein in the world. whereas the conservation neighborhood has taken a simplistic, save-the-whales method by way of oceans, Sharpless contends that we needs to shop the world’s seafood not only to guard marine existence and biodiversity yet to stave off the arrival humanitarian problem.
With excessive call for for predator species like tuna and salmon, prosperous countries just like the U.S. convert “reduction” species akin to anchovies, mackerel, and sardines into feed for salmon and different farmed animals—even although those ignored fish are filled with health-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids and will feed millions. By setting up science-based quotas, maintaining wild habitats, and decreasing bycatch (and treating anchovies and their like as meals, now not feed), Sharpless believes that potent ocean stewardship can positioned fit, sustainable seafood at the desk eternally. as a result, Oceana has tapped 20-plus chefs, including Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, and Jose Andres for recipes that provide us all a job to play during this progressive challenge: to avoid wasting the fish in order that we will be able to devour extra fish.
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The fact is that we’re going to continue to exploit natural resources for food. The McKinsey Global Institute has estimated that in the next 2 decades we’ll need to increase water and land availability by 140 and 250 percent, respectively, to meet the growing demand for food. Here’s what that could cost us by 2030: an additional 444 cubic miles of freshwater. That’s the equivalent of the entire metro area of Baltimore submerged under more than ½ mile of water. We’ll also slash up to 675,000 square miles of forest, an area the size of California, Texas, Montana, and Colorado combined.
I’ve never heard anyone else propose the simple solution Andy Sharpless and Oceana are making here: to replicate the success we’ve had in the United States by putting in place effective, conservation-focused, scientific fisheries management in the 25 countries that control most of the world’s seafood catch. This is—relatively speaking—a practical, inexpensive, and quick way to make sure our planet has lots more nutritious food in the future, when we’ll really need it. I urge you to give this book, especially Andy Sharpless’s proposals, a close read.