Keeping chicken and fish sustainable

If you’re hungry for information, join our monthly event series, Curious Science.

City of Sydney Library is teaming up with Inspiring Australia to delve into some cutting-edge research. Over three seasons, we’ll be focusing on three big-impact topics: food, obesity and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills. In this series, Feeding the World, we’ll be focusing on food and exploring the role science plays in contributing innovative solutions to global issues.

Both chicken and fish are a cheap source of quality food worldwide. As a result, in the pecking order of animals, they’re among the most life-sustaining.

High in protein and micronutrients and able to be kept in small, low-maintenance flocks, chickens have the potential to enhance the nutrient content of diets in developing countries. The prevalence of disease, predators and thieves, however, means that this food source doesn’t thrive.

Our love of seafood just keeps growing but the ocean’s supply stopped flowing in the 1990s. To keep up with demand, more than 40% now comes from aquaculture and this is not without consequence. The rise in ‘seafood farming’ goes hand-in-hand with coastline reshaping while ‘sea ranching’ is seeing synthetic habitats turn natural fisheries into controlled ‘farmed’ systems.

Julia de Bruyn
As a veterinarian and PhD student, Julia will offer us some insight into her current work in Tanzania. Funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Julia is looking into using chicken vaccination programs to help support improved diet and growth for kids in rural Africa.

Dr James Smith
A Research Associate in the Fisheries and Marine Environmental Research group at the University of NSW, Dr Smith’s expertise covers many topics, from artificial reefs and fish stocking, to food webs and fish tracking. He explores the past and future of seafood production and asks whether we will always be able to find or farm seafood.


Wednesday 10 May 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
Ultimo Library
Level 1, Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street, Ultimo
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