What mod­er­ates your con­sump­tion of seafood? This new sur­vey sug­gests the de­mog­ra­phy mat­ters

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­search con­ducted at the Uni­ver­sity of Columbia, coastal In­dige­nous peo­ple eat on aver­age 15 times more seafood per per­son than non-In­dige­nous peo­ple in the same coun­try.

In the first global-scale anal­y­sis of its kind, the study es­ti­mated that coastal In­dige­nous peo­ple con­sume 74 kilo­grams of seafood per capita, com­pared to the global aver­age of 19 kilo­grams.

“This global data­base shows the scale and sig­nif­i­cance of seafood con­sump­tion by In­dige­nous peo­ple,” said lead au­thor An­dres Ci sn eros Monte mayor.

Adding, “For In­dige­nous peo­ple who are not rec­og­nized at the state level, this type of re­source helps quan­tify the re­sources they de­pend on.”

The au­thors col­lected ob­served data and worked with lo­cal re­searchers to build a data­base of more than 1,900 com­mu­ni­ties who al­to­gether con­sume 2.1 mil­lion met­ric tonnes of seafood per year. The com­mu­ni­ties stud­ied in­clude rec­og­nized In­dige­nous groups, self-iden­ti­fied mi­nor­ity groups, and small is­land de­vel­op­ing states.

These groups all share sim­i­lar his­to­ries of marginal­iza­tion and deep so­cial and cul­tural con­nec­tions to marine en­vi­ron­ments.

"Hav­ing ac­cess to a global data­base that quan­ti­fies fish con­sump­tion specif­i­cally by coastal In­dige­nous peo­ples is a crit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion to In­dige­nous strug­gle on a num­ber of fronts," said ex­pert Sherry Pic­tou.

The ocean pro­vides a vi­tal source of food and eco­nomic se­cu­rity for these com­mu­ni­ties, while also shap­ing their cul­tural her­itage and spir­i­tual val­ues for mil­len­nia.

"For a lot of these com­mu­ni­ties, the prac­tice of fish­ing forms a link to their cul­ture that de­fines them as a peo­ple. It's not just about eat­ing fish, it's about main­tain­ing an iden­tity as a dis­tinct cul­ture," said co-au­thor Yoshi­taka Ota.

The study es­ti­mated that coastal In­dige­nous peo­ple con­sume 74 kilo­grams of seafood per capita, com­pared to the global aver­age of 19 kilo­grams

PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

As­sort­ment of seafoods that are avail­able in coastal re­gion

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