Aquaculture has experienced an extraordinary rise over the past 40 years to become a major contributor to the world’s food supply. The leading trend driving global aquaculture is the same as the trend driving growth in the beef, pork and poultry industries: as world’s population grows and people become wealthier, they consume more protein. The commercial salmon industry, born just thirty years ago, is the third largest aquaculture specie by volume and is poised for continued growth. It has been one of agriculture’s great success stories.
What is the Earth’s Carrying Capacity?
Several hundred years ago Thomas Malthus, a British scholar, convinced English nobility that civilization had surpassed the Earth’s carrying capacity and that famine was imminent. Since this first declaration that the world may have a limited capacity to support its growing population, there have been episodes of recurring concern that the world has approached and, by some estimates, far exceeded its carrying capacity.
Hidden Hunger: The Irony of a Full Belly
Approximately 2 billion people suffer from hidden hunger, a condition caused not by lack of sufficient food, but lack of essential nutrients. In this “thought piece,” AGR presents an overview of hidden hunger and details why it is important, what is being done to fight it, the essentials for a balanced diet, and information about how investors can allocate capital to companies developing solutions.
Obesity: America’s Swelling Epidemic
According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one-third of American adults are obese, and about 17 percent of children are obese. Both adult and childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in the last thirty years. In the following Thought Piece, AGR takes a look at many of the factors contributing to the epidemic, as well as many efforts aimed at turning the tide of this dangerous, costly epidemic.