Feeding the growing population
Globally, agriculture is being relied upon to feed a population projected to reach 9.3 billion in 2050. To achieve that, food production will need to increase from the current 8.4 billion tonnes to almost 13.5 billion tonnes a year.
As the global population increases the competition for already scarce land, water and energy resources intensifies. And there is the growing impact of climate change to contend with, to which agriculture itself contributes significantly.
However, the recent growth in aquaculture has helped increase the supply of seafood, kept the overall price of fish down and eased the pressure on wild-caught fish stocks. Most importantly, when it is carried out responsibly aquaculture is an environmentally friendly source of healthy and nutritious protein that will play a critical role in feeding the world’s growing population.