While over 800 million people – more than one in 10 worldwide – suffer from undernutrition, one-third of all food produced goes to waste. Levels of overweight and obesity continue to increase, now affecting more than two billion children and adults. Unhealthy diets have become a leading risk factor for disease globally and the main driver of the epidemic of chronic conditions. To end malnutrition in all its forms, the world must holistically address all food-related challenges.
Since its inception in 2014, EAT Forum has gain attention from scientists from across the globes. EAT Forum is the first global initiative that integrates knowledge to transform the global food system, health and sustainability. The 2019 forum will be informed by the findings of the landmark report by the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health launched on January 17, 2019. The EAT-Lancet report is the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and which actions can support and speed up food system transformation.
Side events: Blue Food Assessment (BFA) Workshop - Putting aquatic production at the heart of global food systems
On June 11, 2019, the EAT Forum will be hosting a side event at the Resilience Centre. The Blue Food Assessment (BFA) expert workshop for the first time will:
- generate a high-resolution assessment of what different blue food diets would imply for human health, environmental sustainability and development trajectories
- assess the most likely implications of an expansion of aquaculture and fishery production on the safe operating space of food systems (including environmental sustainability and human health) and equitable access to those resources for vulnerable populations
- identify the socio-economic opportunities and constraints that will shape blue food production in the future and policy options for transforming the sector towards greater sustainability
WorldFish Director of Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences Dr. Michael Phillips, and WorldFish Program Leader of Value Chains and Nutrition, Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted has been invited to join the discussion along with ten distinguished international experts to a one-day workshop. Building on the work of the EAT-Lancet Commission, the BFA expert workshop aims to significantly expand the existing scientific understanding of the role of blue foods for planetary health and human wellbeing and outline pathways for a transformation to sustainable and healthy blue foods for all humans on the planet, now and in the future.