Stanford Woods Environmental Forum featuring Roz Naylor
Director, FSE; Professor, Environmental Earth System Science; Associate Professor of Economics, by courtesy and William Wrigley Senior Fellow; FSI and Woods Institute Senior Fellow
The Promise and Pitfalls of Aquaculture for Food Security and the Environment
Aquaculture currently provides roughly half of the fish and shellfish consumed worldwide and contributes significantly to the upward trend in per capita animal protein consumption on a global scale. Despite its expanding role in the world food economy, the aquaculture sector remains dependent on terrestrial crops and wild fish for feeds, draws heavily on freshwater and land resources for a large portion of its aggregate production, and poses threats to coastal ecosystems and fisheries. Roz Naylor will discuss her ongoing research on aquaculture, and the research of her team at the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) in several locations throughout the world. Her talk will address three key questions: Does continued growth in aquaculture enhance or undermine the potential of the global food system to meet future nutritional needs in the face of expected and unexpected socioeconomic trends, resource scarcity, and climate change? Can aquaculture development improve food security in low-income, resource-poor regions? And can species diversification and waste recycling improve the environmental performance of aquaculture and the resilience of the global food system? Naylor’s talk will underscore the importance of an interdisciplinary perspective in answering these questions.
You are invited to stay for a reception following the forum.