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How sustainable farming on land and sea can work together to meet our growing need for protein

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Aug 01 2023 Β· 1 min read

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πŸ—žοΈ Driving the news: Rising human population and protein demands necessitate sustainable food strategies
• To satisfy this need without further agricultural land expansion, eco-friendly terrestrial and marine farming solutions are being advocated, interlinking them to address the situation effectively

πŸ”­ The context: Through "rational intensification", farmers have maximized their yields for years using genetic enhancements, smart water and fertilizer use, and integrated pest management
• This strategy could satisfy much of the growing protein demand. Furthermore, oceans, rich in seafood - a source of high-quality protein and essential nutrients, are increasingly considered a scalable solution to satisfy the protein needs of our expanding population

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: The pursuit of sustainable land and ocean-based farming methods is critical in mitigating climate change and preserving biodiversity
• Implementing practices like rational intensification and sustainable aquaculture can reduce the negative environmental impact of food production, providing a viable way forward in satisfying the escalating global demand for protein

⏭️ What's next: Organizations like the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) are shaping sustainable aquaculture practices through research and certification, in collaboration with entities like the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) 
• Concurrently, land-based agriculture is examining fishmeal alternatives for aquaculture, including protein-rich crops like soybeans and insect-based feeds

πŸ’¬ One quote: "The rising global demand for protein is very likely to be satisfied through a multi-pronged strategy involving land-based crops, animal agriculture, and aquaculture" (Steven Savage, Author)

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