24 Jan '13, 8pm

A Milestone Looms for Farm-Raised Fish: Sometime very soon, the majority of the fish we eat will come from

A Milestone Looms for Farm-Raised Fish: Sometime very soon, the majority of the fish we eat will come from

NOAA An abalone farm in China. Sometime this year, we will quietly pass a milestone in human history: the majority of the fish we eat will be farm-raised rather than wild-caught. In the last 20 years, the production of fish through aquaculture has grown exponentially, while marine fish catches have leveled off. Unless it’s an extraordinary year for marine fishing, in 2013 the lines will cross, and the majority of the fish we eat will come from aquaculture rather than oceans. Fishing is the only part of global food production in which the tillers and the breeders of the world are not dominant, and this year, the last stronghold of the hunter-gatherers will be eclipsed, according to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2012 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report . This is not to suggest that the approximately 45 million people who fish fo...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/a-milestone-loo...

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