Nearly half of U.S. seafood supply is wasted
by A.Portelanc-Bedard on September 25, 2015 - 10:37pm
In “Nearly half of U.S. seafood supply is wasted, study shows” by Science Daily, it is said that U.S. in consuming too much seafood. The effect being that the sustainability of it is decreasing. The U.S. edible seafood supply is estimated to 4.7 billion pounds per year. Out of this, 47 percent, or 2.3 billion pounds is wasted every year (para.4).
This waste is caused in majority by the consumers (51-63 percent of waste). After which other factors join in: sixteen to 32 percent due to bycatch and 13 to 16 percent is lost in distribution and retail (para.5). These 2.3 billion pounds would be enough to fulfill a year of protein for ten million men or twelve million women.
The U.S. Dietary Guidelines want to recommend people to eat eight ounces of seafood per week. In other words, they would need two times more edible seafood, meaning that the sustainability of seafood would receive a huge hit in the face.
The author suggests reducing our waste of seafood by different means. We need to buy more frozen seafood, start packaging seafood in smaller portion, and reduce the percentage of bycatch that can be caught. Of course, some loss is inevitable.
In my opinion, it would be totally stupid to ask people to eat more seafood if its sustainability is compromised. Let’s try not to take away the sustainability of our food. And I do not mean only seafood. Everything is linked in nature, if there is not enough seafood left it will have a gigantic impact on our and future generations’ lives. Furthermore, it would also cause human to go looking for food elsewhere and, again, overuse different resources.