Hunger and the degradation of the environment are two of the biggest problems our planet faces today. While these issues seem insurmountable, one organization believes that they can both be dramatically improved with one solution.
Oceana, an advocacy group that works globally to improve the oceans, released a report today in which it detailed a plan to both save Earth's waters and provide food for everyone on the planet. The report states that just over two dozen countries are in control of roughly three quarters of the entire world's fish stocks, and if those nations adapted fisheries management strategies that are proven by science, seafood could become a sustainable food source for 700 million people every day.
"Putting in place proper management in the 25 countries that are responsible for more than 75 percent of the world's global marine fish catch will boost the amount of wild fish available to our increasingly hungry planet," Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless said in a statement.
"This is a rare win for both conservation and food production – we can save ocean ecosystems and feed millions of hungry people by establishing these proven conservation policies in the countries that control the world's wild fish catch," he added.
While global hunger is a big enough issue today, it will inevitably become a bigger problem by 2050, when the United Nations has predicted the world's population will have increased by 30 percent to a total of 9 billion people.
As it stands, Oceana states that the 25 countries that control most of the planet's fish stocks are actually home to more than half of the hungry people in the world. There's no question that if they make sure they use their resources more efficiently it could help feed empty stomachs. It may not completely end world hunger, but it's a step in the right direction.