Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems (Jan 2022)

Seafood in Food Security: A Call for Bridging the Terrestrial-Aquatic Divide

  • Stacia Stetkiewicz,
  • Stacia Stetkiewicz,
  • Rachel A. Norman,
  • Edward Hugh Allison,
  • Edward Hugh Allison,
  • Neil L. Andrew,
  • Gulshan Ara,
  • Gill Banner-Stevens,
  • Ben Belton,
  • Ben Belton,
  • Malcolm Beveridge,
  • Jessica R. Bogard,
  • Simon R. Bush,
  • Pete Coffee,
  • Margaret Crumlish,
  • Peter Edwards,
  • Mahmoud Eltholth,
  • Mahmoud Eltholth,
  • Mahmoud Eltholth,
  • Lynne Falconer,
  • Joao G. Ferreira,
  • Joao G. Ferreira,
  • Angus Garrett,
  • Iain Gatward,
  • Faruk U. Islam,
  • Alexander M. Kaminski,
  • Marian Kjellevold,
  • Froukje Kruijssen,
  • William Leschen,
  • Abdullah-Al Mamun,
  • Bruce McAdam,
  • Richard Newton,
  • Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen,
  • Alexandra Pounds,
  • Belinda Richardson,
  • Nanna Roos,
  • Elin Röös,
  • Andrea Schapper,
  • Tori Spence-McConnell,
  • Sharon K. Suri,
  • Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted,
  • Kim D. Thompson,
  • Michael F. Tlusty,
  • Max Fredrik Troell,
  • Raffaele Vignola,
  • James A. Young,
  • Wenbo Zhang,
  • David C. Little

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 5


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The contribution of seafood to global food security is being increasingly highlighted in policy. However, the extent to which such claims are supported in the current food security literature is unclear. This review assesses the extent to which seafood is represented in the recent food security literature, both individually and from a food systems perspective, in combination with terrestrially-based production systems. The results demonstrate that seafood remains under-researched compared to the role of terrestrial animal and plant production in food security. Furthermore, seafood and terrestrial production remain siloed, with very few papers addressing the combined contribution or relations between terrestrial and aquatic systems. We conclude that far more attention is needed to the specific and relative role of seafood in global food security and call for the integration of seafood in a wider interdisciplinary approach to global food system research.