Troubled Waters: Fewer Fish, Increasing Malnutrition

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
October 25, 2016, Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

Christopher Golden, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Associate Director, Planetary Health Alliance, Harvard University Center for the Environment. Dr. Golden is an ecologist and epidemiologist, whose research is concerned with the effects of global environmental trends on human health.

Many developing nations depend on fish as the main source of nutrition, and for centuries those populations were assured of an abundance of fish. In recent years a combination of climate change, massive depletion of fish stocks by commercial fishing fleets, and exploitative trade policies are together creating nutritional crises in many poor nations. Dr. Golden explains the impact of these conditions on the health of millions of people. He also provides important facts about the nutritional differences between wild and farmed fish.

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