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The State Of Tunafish

Last December, the United Nations declared the 2nd of May ‘World Tuna Day’, to raise awareness for the overwhelming demand on tuna. In the latest edition of The State World Fisheries and Aquaculture, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) noted that there is a need for effective management to restore the overfished stocks including tuna. The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISS) has an interesting interactive tool on their website, which shows the stock health per tuna species, and per area of catch. Whereas it also shows how each species is caught. For instance, it can be concluded that albacores are the most sustainably fished tuna species, since most of them are caught by pole and line. This type of gear prevents bycatch, in which other fish/sea creatures are ‘collateral damage’, caught in the same net as the tuna. On the other end of the spectrum is the skipjack, which is caught the least sustainable, with purse seines and gillnets. Skipjacks are most commonly used for canned tuna. (source)

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Meat And The Actual Costs Of Producing It

The real cost of meat is a lot higher than the price we pay for it in supermarkets. This is the conclusion of CE Delft, an independent research and consultancy group on sustainability issues. The researchers found that pig meat is the most unevenly priced: in the store, pork costs €7,75/kg, however, if the environmental and climate footprints, plus the costs of land-use and animal illnesses are added, it would cost €11,83/kg. This a 53% increase! If these real prices were used in real life, beef prices would increase by 40% to €17,06/kg, while chicken would ‘only’ cost €8,81/kg. (source)

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Income and Obesity

Three agriculture economists, Lynn Brown, Aira Maria Htenas and Yurie Tanimichi-Hoberg, in a report on agriculture and food systems’ role in obesity, made this graph showing that obesity is positively correlated with a country’s wealth level to a certain degree, especially with income levels up to US$ 5000 per capita per year. Above this level, it becomes complicated: Mexico and Turkey, for instance, have prevalence rates higher than many Western European countries. And South Korea and Japan have much lower obesity levels than lower-, middle-, and high-income countries. (source)