Future proofing shrimp production
September 29, 2020
Aaron McNevin, Global Network Lead, Aquaculture, WWF
Tal Viskin, Senior Manager, Accenture Development Partnerships
Kateri Ciccaglione, Manager, Accenture Development Partnerships
Nathan Resing, Consultant, Accenture Strategy
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Today, global food production is the single biggest threat to our natural world. It accounts for 70% of biodiversity loss, 73% of deforestation, 38% of land use and 70% of water use per annum. Clearly, the way we produce and consume food is putting an impossible strain on the planet. With the world’s population set to grow from 7 billion today to more than 9 billion by 2050, it is imperative that food production systems change dramatically—and fast. To protect the resource base for future generations, we need to collectively stop natural ecosystem conversion for food production and produce more food using less land, water, and energy.
The scale and methods of shrimp aquaculture must be transformed in recognition of our current and future global challenges. Achieving this transformation to produce more shrimp with fewer resources is imperative. Controlled intensification is one pathway towards this end.