Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative

The seafood we eat has had important impacts on our health and the health of the land and the oceans that provide it. Seafood production directly impacts local environments and economies. Climate change, overfishing, pollution, and habitat alterations are threatening our food supply making food security more uncertain.  How can we as individual consumers, and as employees in corporations, make decisions about the food we buy to reshape the way we produce, process, transport, and use food?

The Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative informs consumers and institutions about how our choices in diet and menus can promote healthier people, more secure food supplies, and thriving communities.

Meet the Team

Emily Oken

Emily Oken, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
Primary Care Physician, Center for Women's Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Original Research


Featured Resources

Farm-Raised Fish: Do the Benefits Outweigh The Risks?

The Future of Seafood: From Aquaculture to Seagreens



Examining Challenges for Meeting Future Food Needs

Packaged food

To help prevent health crises before they happen, we need forward-looking science that both anticipates problems and offers solutions. As we look into the future and our need to feed a global population of 9.6 billion people by 2050, it is critical to examine the way we produce, distribute, and eat food. One key piece of the puzzle resides in helping consumers make food choices that are good for their health and the planet. To this end, we are exploring current and emerging topics pertinent to the nutrition, sustainability, and transparency of packaged foods.... Read more about Examining Challenges for Meeting Future Food Needs

Menus of Change

Growing plantsGreat science alone does not create change, especially if it does not reach the people who make decisions about our health. But what if leaders in the culinary arts, business, public health, and environmental sciences all worked together to develop business-friendly solutions to today’s most pressing social and environmental concerns?... Read more about Menus of Change

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