Seafood is the key to health

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
13 November 2006, at 12:00am

UK - Demands for better funding of the seafood sector compared to agriculture is to be made at a business conference, in Edinburgh, next spring.

A leading scientist said yesterday (Sunday) that the message must be put across to better equip the industry so it can conserve and build wild stocks, manage the oceans and farm sea foods more extensively.

Such measures are vital not only to maintain good health but also our brains, he said. Dr Michael Crawford, of London's Metropolitan University, is a leading expert in brain chemistry and human nutrition, specialising in work on dietary fats and the health benefits of essential fatty acids to humans.

He is passionately outspoken about what he calls the "appalling" disparity between cash aid for the seafood industry compared with, for example, beef farming. "We spend billions on trips to Mars. Mars will not feed us in the foreseeable future. We should be spending that sort of money on the oceans which cover more than two thirds of the planet's surface," he said.

"There needs to be a complete re-design of the strategy for food and health as well as the security and cleanliness of the fresh water, estuaries and coastal resources," Dr Crawford said.

Source: Shetland MarineNews