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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The vital roles of blue foods in the global food system
Author(s): Tigchelaar, Michelle
Leape, Jim
Micheli, Fiorenza
Allison, Edward H
Basurto, Xavier
Bennett, Abigail
Bush, Simon R
Cao, Ling
Cheung, William W L
Crona, Beatrice
DeClerck, Fabrice
Fanzo, Jessica
Gelcich, Stefan
Gephart, Jessica A
Little, David C
Keywords: Blue foods
Aquatic foods
Food system governance
Small-scale actors
Environmental sustainability
Issue Date: Jun-2022
Date Deposited: 24-May-2022
Citation: Tigchelaar M, Leape J, Micheli F, Allison EH, Basurto X, Bennett A, Bush SR, Cao L, Cheung WWL, Crona B, DeClerck F, Fanzo J, Gelcich S, Gephart JA & Little DC (2022) The vital roles of blue foods in the global food system. Global Food Security, 33, Art. No.: 100637.
Abstract: Blue foods play a central role in food and nutrition security for billions of people and are a cornerstone of the livelihoods, economies, and cultures of many coastal and riparian communities. Blue foods are extraordinarily diverse, are often rich in essential micronutrients and fatty acids, and can often be produced in ways that are more environmentally sustainable than terrestrial animal-source foods. Capture fisheries constitute the largest wild-food resource for human extraction that would be challenging to replace. Yet, despite their unique value, blue foods have often been left out of food system analyses, policies, and investments. Here, we focus on three imperatives for realizing the potential of blue foods: (1) Bring blue foods into the heart of food system decision-making; (2) Protect and develop the potential of blue foods to help end malnutrition; and (3) Support the central role of small-scale actors in fisheries and aquaculture. Recognition of the importance of blue foods for food and nutrition security constitutes a critical justification to preserve the integrity and diversity of aquatic species and ecosystems.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.gfs.2022.100637
Rights: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY license (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. You are not required to obtain permission to reuse this article.
Notes: Additional co-authors: Christopher D. Golden. Benjamin S. Halpern, Christina C. Hicks, Malin Jonell, Avinash Kishore, J. Zachary Koehn, Rosamond L. Naylor, Michael J. Phillips, Elizabeth R. Selig, Rebecca E. Short, Rashid Sumaila, Shakuntala H. Thilsted, Max Troell, Colette C. C. Wabnitz
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