A Thought For Food

With the growth of the global population, there is a great deal of attention on the sustainability of food among other resources. Sectors such as agriculture and the fishing industry are under pressure to cope with the challenge of feeding humans.

Water Woes

That’s why in these days, water scarcity in different countries receive due attention. In his article featured at peopleandplanet.net last month, Earth Policy Institute president Lester Brown comprehensively discusses the water-related problems in different regions of the world such as Central and East Asia, the Middle East and the U.S. because of the growing population.

Climate changes don’t help either as concerns are understandably raised as well when crops are affected by natural calamities or disasters. The severe monsoon flooding experienced in South Asia aggravated by inundating rivers from July to about last month this year, or the drought experienced in this country just these past few months has yet to have farmers recovering, according to Arthur Yap is to be believed, are some examples of the attention authorities give to such agricultural woes.

No More Tuna?

The fisheries scene have the authorities’ attention too. Fish still continues to remain an important source of food and is an important industry for many Asian countries near the Pacific. While it may seem that the ocean’s resources have yet to be exhausted by humans, a lot in the international science community and the fishing industry recognize the need to protect the tuna industry recently in the Pacific Tuna Forum in Port Moresby a few days ago.

From the resource, pertinent issues raised include:

  • Cut tuna catches by 50 percent, going beyond the reductions already recommended by the Science committee;
  • Ban all at-sea transhipments in the Pacific which will stop thousands of tons of tuna being smuggled out of the region;
  • Set up no-take marine reserves in the high seas to allow depleted stocks to truly recover, and;
  • Eradicate pirate fishing which steals up to 15 per cent of the region’s tuna.

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