Blue revolution is related to what?
By 1985, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and a variety of other international aid agencies were pumping $200 million a year into aquaculture projects. Mangrove forests in the Philippines, Thailand and Ecuador were chopped down to make way for shrimp ponds. Carp and tilapia farms were staked out on the flood plains of the Ganges, the Irrawaddy and the Mekong rivers.
As a result the production of pond-raised fish has boomed. Nearly 12 per cent of the annual world harvest of fish (about 100 million tons) is now generated by fish farmers. From 1975 to 1985 world aquaculture output doubled.
Commercial fish farming is now big business. The question is: has this new techno-fix to boost world food production helped to feed the hungry?
Let's look at the cultivated shrimp industry. Shrimp ponds, which n ...more