Seafood Trends Around the World

With new and innovative technologies making it more affordable to farm animals in captivity, seafood is predicted to replace meat as the world's most popular source of protein. Demand for seafood will increase by nearly 100 percent while demand for beef increases just 10 percent in the next 15 years. The surfacing of a new food safety scandal at plant-based Beyond Meat reminds consumers that despite its innovative drive, the vegan industry has yet to be able to produce a safe meat substitute.

To find out how these changes will impact your dinner plate, check out our list of trends that are shaping up for 2021 and beyond.

The demand for meat will grow as the world's population increases, but it will not be filled by vegans. With more than seven billion people on the planet, there is a growing demand for animal-based protein products.  Due to its abundance and affordability, seafood has become especially desirable in recent years. According to a report, this year alone global seafood demand will increase. The report also indicates that increasing prosperity in countries like China and Vietnam have contributed to increased consumer appetite for seafood products.

With the increasing global population and demand for a healthier diet, we’ve seen increased attention from people all over the world to seafood consumption. What’s more, the rise of sustainability measures has also been a contributing factor to this wave of seafood craze.

Seafood is a delicacy enjoyed by many. It's also an essential part of food cultures around the world. For example, while sushi first became popular in Japan, it's now enjoyed all around the world. Here are five seafood trends from different regions that you might not have known about before:

1) In Peru, ceviche is one of the most famous dishes and is eaten year-round due to its versatility. This may sound like a weird thing for adults to enjoy but it actually served as welcome respite for hungry travelers during periods of famine in South America in the 5th century AD!

2) In Eastern Europe, pickled herring can serve as both breakfast and dinner. Herring is a popular fish and pickled herring is very different from the preserved fish found commonly in North America. Herring is often served with cured beef, borscht, potato pancakes or rye bread.

3) In Mexico, it's not uncommon to find mariscos snacks like tamales being eaten at restaurants or sold out of truck windows all over town during holidays. Taquerias are also popular as a form of fast food.

4) In Japan, different types of sushi are enjoyed by people of all ages as an everyday food. However, the original sushi was actually invented in Southeast Asia. So how did it become so popular in Japan? Sushi has been around ever since the 8th century and was first created using fermented fish with rice wrapped in bamboo leaves. It became popular after being hand-delivered from Kyoto to Tokyo during the Edo period

5) In the Philippines, bagoong was a traditional food that was used for years to cure fish and stench. Even today, it's still used to cure fish but in different forms of balut, balatbokki and kangkongkinilaw. The word "bagoong" comes from the Tagalog word "bahoong", which means the oil that can be found in a bag in which raw fish has been preserved. It can be served with boiled corn as a side dish or even mixed with hot chocolate.

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