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November 13, 1967


JAMA. 1967;202(7):646-647. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130200132024

As world population increases, so will hunger and L starvation. Many of the scientists searching for ways of augmenting our food supply believe we must rely upon the sea for a larger proportion of our nourishment.

Of course there is nothing new in the concept that food from the sea can nourish man on earth. However, some of today's experiments would appear curious indeed to the fishermen of any century prior to the twentieth. Water ranches are proposed by several workers, and include grandiose—but not necessarily unworkable—schemes to dam up lakes full of fish and to stock coral atolls with whales.

Gross et al1 fertilized a loch in Scotland and noted increased production of plant plankton and, consequently, larger fish. Unfortunately, later critics have suggested that the project is uneconomical; more food production would result by putting the same investment into fertilizer for the land. Nevertheless, the project may