Why fish are food (not friends)
• October 2020
Why are fish food, not friends? Professor Geert Wiegertjes shares his idea of how fish have another trait of not only as a food source but also as being diverse. In a circular vision on our livestock, we strive for minimal losses of nutrients and we aim to re-use waste products. We can close the circle and eat local food by relying on diversity in ‘Blue’. Diversity allows us to integrate fish and livestock into endless and diverse local food systems, allowing us to customize circular approaches worldwide. With a personal interest in fish nutrition and health, Geert is the professor of Aquaculture and Fisheries at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and President of the International Society of Developmental and Comparative Immunology. Partnering with WorldFish, his organization leads the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-food Systems. Geert argues for an urgent and worldwide need for sustainable production of fish in a world where demands for seafood are increasing rapidly.