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Food from the Oceans


978-92-79-67731-1, KI-1A-17-371-EN-N
Publication date
29 November 2017
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
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Directorate-General for Research and Innovation


The ocean is one of the main systems of our planetary biosphere. It accounts for almost half of the planet's biological production, but a much smaller proportion of human food – about 2% of overall calorie intake and 15% of protein intake. This is no longer tenable given the nutritional needs of a growing population and over-stretched land-based resources. At the same time, with the oceans becoming warmer and more acidic, and with a larger proportion of the planet's population moving out of poverty, the global community needs to act together to ensure that the rights of future generations to a healthy and productive ocean are not compromised.


29 NOVEMBER 2017
Food from the oceans