Building on the Vital Role of Blue Foods

In the paper, members of the blue foods assessment team say that to ensure that blue foods continue to make a meaningful contribution to global food systems, governments must integrate them into their food-related decision-making. feed. By combining recent blue diet science, examples of management approaches, and other evidence, the document can serve as a resource for blue diet transformation in the future.


Blue food systems are extraordinarily diverse, involving thousands of species in many different production systems and supporting a wide range of cultures and diets. Many blue foods are rich in bioavailable micronutrients and can be produced in more environmentally sustainable ways than foods of terrestrial animal origin.

Yet despite their unique value and interconnections with terrestrial food systems, blue foods are often left out of food systems analyses, discussions, decisions and solutions.

Realizing the potential of blue foods to play a central role in ending malnutrition and building healthy, nature-friendly and resilient food systems will require governments to integrate blue foods into food system governance. . Given this, the team focused on three policy recommendations to enable diverse blue foods to transform the food system:

  1. Bringing blue foods to the heart of food system decision-making.
  2. Protect and develop the potential of blue foods to help end malnutrition.
  3. Support the central role of small players in fisheries and aquaculture.

The new document can be viewed in full here.

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