'Food Is Part of the Solution' When It Comes to Climate Change €“ Rhody Today

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"Seafood is one of the most resource-efficient ways to produce protein and it has helped to improve nutrition and food security in many parts of the world," says Janet Coit, the assistant administrator for fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"But it is seriously underutilized in the US."

That's why the Rhode Island Business Engagement Center and the University of Rhode Island are hosting the annual Rhode Island Food System Summitthis year with the theme, "From Seed to Shore: Powering Environmental Stewardship Through Innovative Food Practices," reports the Providence Journal.

The goal: "to come away with new ideas and practical applications to address the growing threat of climate change," says BEC Executive Director Katharine Hazard Flynn.

The summit featured a keynote address from Coit, who spoke about the dramatic impacts of climate change on marine life and ecosystems, which, in turn, affect businesses and coastal communities that depend on them.

Among the examples she cited: lobsters leaving Narragansett Bay, the collapse of the commercial winter flounder fishery in Rhode Island, and kelp farming as a sustainable crop.

The NOAA is working on a national seafood strategy, which will include efforts to sustainably manage marine fisheries and produce seafood responsibly.

(In other seafood news, a group is trying to raise awareness of

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