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Not all changes in the food production and marketing chain have resulted from technological advances - some changes are due to other factors such as a balancing of global supply and demand for certain food products. Additionally, some changes in the food production chain may increase some food safety risks or alter the mix of risks. For example, the use of aquaculture is becoming more common as wild fisheries become increasingly over-harvested and less cost-effective for some species and areas. US aquaculture production increased by over 50 between 1990 and 2000 (NMFS, 2002) and the aquaculture share of the world production also has increased (FAO, 2000). Farm-raised fish pose a different set of food safety challenges from those of wild-caught fishery products. Farm-raised fish are subject to contamination from residues by production inputs (e.g. vaccines, feed additives, and antibiotics), whereas wild-caught seafood may be more subject to histamine risks from poor temperature control.
Maximum levels of pesticides are also set for drinking water. Pesticides get into water from spraying, runoff, percolation or from treatment of fish in aquaculture. Good practice is increasingly being developed to minimize the levels in raw water and treatment works are developing systems to reduce incoming levels to levels acceptable for drinking water.
Staples that provide the bulk of energy and protein. For reasons of sanitation and zoonotic diseases, as well as waste disposal, domestic livestock in the cities are a much more remote option, although aquaculture with treated waste waters could provide for fish, crustaceans, and mollusks toward meeting the protein needs of urban populations.
Fisheries, and aquaculture facilities due to similar antiherbivore defense that is the cause of reduced feeding by echinoderms, molluscs, and arthropods (see above in Sect. 2.1.2). Role of neurotransmitters excreted in the plant-animal relations is terra incognita as yet.
The health of the booming aquaculture industry itself is vitally dependent on the quality of the environment. About 80 percent of marine pollution originates on land, with the outpouring of sewage, pesticides, heavy metals, radioactive wastes, oil, sediments, and other materials into streams and rivers. Because most of the fish we eat are predators near the top of food chains, they tend to concentrate many of these pollutants in their bodies, creating a health risk for human consumers. Shellfish, too, concentrate toxins in the surrounding water by their method of filter feeding.
It's not only undersea where aquatic microbes like to grow on reefs and sunken ships. Microbes can attach to any exposed site in contact with watery fluids, causing problems in places such as heat exchangers, trickling filters, or aquaculture circulation systems, and even in human medical implants and prosthetic devices. Since it's not possible to use toxic chemicals to deter squatters from these places, nor easy to remove them by scrubbing, scientists must look for more ingenious ways to avoid fouling.
Since North Atlantic fish stocks fell so dramatically in the 1990s, many fishing communities scattered along Canada's eastern shoreline turned to aquaculture of salmon and other fish. But the more northerly communities face the challenge of protecting their captive fish stocks (especially young ones) from the cold. During the Canadian winters, much of the east coast has sub-zero seawater temperatures. These conditions would freeze halibut and Atlantic salmon raised on fish farms, making the use of sea cages in these areas all but impossible unless stocks of freeze-resistant fish can be developed. And that is exactly what researchers at the Memorial University of Newfoundland are aiming to do, with good results so far.
Asian countries are far in the lead of marine farmers, currently producing 85 percent of the world's annual supply of 21 million tonnes of cultured aquatic organisms. Other fishing nations are striving to catch up, with the Canadian government, for example, forecasting that aquaculture production will contribute at least a quarter of the total landed value of the nation's fish harvest by the end of the 1990s a big rise over its 1987 level of only three percent. In the United States, the aquaculture industry grew during the 1980s with the success of catfish farming, but the cultivation of marine species still languishes. Despite its long coastline, the United States ranks 10th in the world in the value of its aquaculture products. Imports of seafood and seafood products contributed 2.5 billion to the American deficit in 1992, behind only petroleum, automobiles, and electronics. Add to such national short The aim of aquaculture producers is the same as that of any farmers They want to...
AGRICOLA is a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature. Production of these records in electronic form began in 1970, but the database covers materials in all formats, including printed works from the 15th century. The records describe publications and resources encompassing aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines such as agricultural economics, animal and veterinary sciences, earth and environmental sciences, entomology, extension and education, farming and farming systems, fisheries and aquaculture, food and human nutrition, forestry, and plant sciences. AGRICOLA indexes more than 2,000 serials as well as books, pamphlets, conference proceedings, and other resources. This database is updated and maintained by the National Agricultural Library.
The front page headline in Saskatoon's The Star Phoenix read Billions in Biotech. It was a fair summary of the focus of North America's first major international agricultural biotechnology conference, held in the Canadian prairie city in June 1996. During the four days of the conference, some 92 speakers from 20 countries spoke about their latest research findings in crop and livestock production, aquaculture, and reforestation. A dominant theme of the meeting, however, and of the local newspaper's coverage, was the opportunity for business expansion.
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