Seaweed farming and its surprising benefits

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Increasing numbers of fishermen, scientists, and foodies in the country are starting to look at seaweed as a promising source of food, jobs and help cleaning ocean waters…

Read Full Article, CBS News (07-15-2018)

Putting algae and seaweed on the menu could save our seafood; Phys. Org (12-14-2017)
If we have to feed 9.8 billion people by 2050, food from the ocean will have to play a major role. As a recent EU report highlighted, we should instead be looking at how we can harvest more smaller fish and shellfish, but also species that aren’t as widely eaten such as seaweed and other algae…

A New Leaf: Seaweed could be a miracle food—if we can figure out how to make it taste good, The New Yorker (11-02-2015)
Seaweed, which requires neither fresh water nor fertilizer, is one of the world’s most sustainable and nutritious crops. It absorbs dissolved nitrogen, phosphorous, and carbon dioxide directly from the sea—its footprint is negative—and proliferates at a terrific rate. Kelp farming can rehabilitate the ocean’s threatened ecosystems, mitigate the effects of climate change, and revive coastal economies…

Can seaweed farming save Indonesian fishermen? IRIN (09-16-2016)

The Coming Green Wave: Ocean Farming to Fight Climate Change, The Atlantic (11-23-2011)
Ocean farming is not a modern innovation. Unfortunately, modeled on land-based factory livestock farms, aquaculture operations are infamous for their low-quality, tasteless fish pumped full of antibiotics and polluting local waterways. But a small group of ocean farmers and scientists decided to chart a different course. Rather than relying on mono-aquaculture operations, these new ocean farms are pioneering muti-tropic and sea-vegetable aquaculture, whereby ocean farmers grow abundant, high-quality seafood while improving, rather than damaging, the environment…

How Eating Seaweed Can Help Cows to Belch Less Methane; Yale E360 (07-02-2018)
Emissions from the nearly 1.5 billion cattle on earth are a major source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Now, researchers in California and elsewhere are experimenting with seaweed as a dietary additive. Farmers in ancient Greece and 18th-century Iceland deliberately grazed their cows on beaches…

Nearly Half of U.S. Seafood Supply is Wasted, Study Shows, Science Daily (09-25-2015)
As much as 47 percent of the edible US seafood supply is lost each year, mainly from consumer waste, new research suggests…


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