Monday, 19 May 2008 1:02 PM

High price of rice and other food

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is not taking into account impact of fish depletion on rice supply and demand.

Dinner plates of perhaps a majority of poor people contain rice only whereas previously fish was included and less rice was needed.

There is social and economic impact and consequences of world fish resource devastation that must no longer be overlooked.

Supplying world food demand is not just a matter of a supermarket manager ordering new stocks. There is need for proper understanding.

Evidence indicates this is about the time when arable land on this planet will reach peak capacity to supply population demand.

Using scarse arable land to feed aquaculture and more white meat when the natural ocean environment can produce food for free is not a sustainable solution.

Now when the world ocean is almost empty of food there is need to sustain supply of low cost ocean food for humans and for protein supplement for viable industrial food production.

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