Crown Princess Victoria Talks Ocean Sustainability at EAT Forum
Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria spoke at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum on Monday, delivering a thought-provoking speech on the topic of ocean sustainability and the impact of fishing and pollution on the lifespan and quality of the world’s oceans.
“Imagine a giant blue refrigerator. Imagine it offering you a rich supply of fresh, healthy, high quality food. Then imagine yourself emptying its shelves, all at once, and instead filling it with garbage, plastic litter and toxic waste. A strange image, isn’t it? But after all – that is exactly how we are treating our ocean,” the Princess said in her speech, telling the audience comprised of delegates from 46 countries that it is easy to get a new fridge, but “where do we go to find a new ocean?”
Victoria discussed how the increase in the world’s population (which is expected to hit nine billion by 2050) is impacting on the amount of fish available for capture, as demand continues to increase. She also said how marine life is impacted by pollution – the plastic and waste humans incorrectly dispose of – and that it is time for the consumer to make a change to preserve our oceans:
“Now it is up to the rest of us to respond. If we want our seafood to be healthy – if we want it to be produced in a sustainable and just manner –then we need to ask for precisely that. At the supermarket, at the restaurant, at the little sushi shop on the corner… Consumer demand is a powerful driver of change – and a friendly question can be a very efficient tool.”
EAT Stockholm Food Forum is hosted annually by the Stordalen Foundation and Stockholm Resilience Centre. Its aim is to “change the global food system and ensure that we can feed the world’s growing population with healthy food from a healthy planet.”
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