Last night, we went to one of our favourite grocery stores and stocked up on food; I think we have about a month’s worth of food supplies now. What would have happened if we weren’t able to go to the grocery store? We eat two to three meals a day and snack in between; as a family of five, that adds up to a lot of food. If I couldn’t go to the store, I would be spending my day looking for my family’s next meal.
Wondering where our food comes from is an age-old question. Anthropologists would say that early people were hunters and gatherers — hunting wild game and gathering edible plants to survive. In time, our early ancestors began domesticating all kinds of plants and animals so they could predict with more certainty when and where their next meal was going to come from. This dramatic change in our relationship with plants and animals became known as the agricultural revolution.
Fast forward to human civilization today and—believe it or not—we’re still asking the same questions. With more than seven billion people on the planet today, there are significant challenges with adequately feeding everyone. As that number continues to grow, so will those challenges.
Join the Vancouver Aquarium and a special guest, Jose Villalova, on Tuesday September 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm , for a special presentation titled, “Securing Food for the Future”, to find out more about the future of food!
Jose Villalon is the Sustainability Director at Nutreco and received his Master of Science degree in Fish Nutrition. He joined the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US) and led its’ Aquaculture Program for six years; managing the initiative which involved over 2,200 global stakeholders that created environmental and social standards for 12 species of aquaculture commodity products including salmon and shrimp through a global initiative called the Aquaculture Dialogues.
Blog post submitted by Jonathan Hultquist, manager of Public Programs for the Vancouver Aquarium.