Aquaculture: fish farming's potential for global food security
Feb 7, 2011
In the same month that riots in Egypt erupted over food security and rising global food prices, the United Nations released a report on the potential of fish farming to bolster food security in the world.
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2010, published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), predicted that aquaculture - the farming of aquatic organisms - will supply more than 50 percent of the world's fish by the year 2012.
People have never before eaten as much fish as they do now, according to the FAO report.
While traditional wild fisheries are being over-harvested, fish farming is becoming the future of the fish industry and a promising hope for global food security. Aquaculture is a $100 billion industry with China leading the way in production, as reported by Eco-Business.
However, some potential problems facing aquaculture's future include pollution and the shortage of land, according to the news source.
Global food prices are currently at an all-time high while high commodity prices may be linked to the weakening U.S. dollar, according to the Wall Street Journal. The increasing cost of commodities such as wheat and rice was listed as one of the riot-fueling factors in Egypt.