Seaweed Farming: Fuel and food of the future?

Marine plants (seaweed) produce around 80 percent of the oxygen we breathe, meaning if they disappeared from the face of the earth tomorrow, our species would struggle to survive. 

Seaweed is not only a nutritious healthy food for humans  but it also provides a habitat for marine life while the seaweed is growing and is the first link in the aquatic food chain. Without it, the entire system collapses. Growing seaweeds helps take carbon from the oceans preventing ocean warming and reduces ocean acidity as well as giving us a healthy food source.

Seaweed is a versatile food that can be eaten raw or cooked in many different ways, it is also be used to make bio fuel, plastic alternatives, paper, healthy snacks and helps reduce methane in cattle farming.  

Green Ocean Farming aims to make our Atlantic sea vegetable selection a readily available and healthy alternative to meat and intensively farmed land vegetables, which require large amounts of precious fresh water and in the case of arable crops, lots of fertilizer. We promote the goodness and health properties of seaweed and sea vegetables, which will be a much needed source of food in the not so distant future, if mankind is to survive.

By Farming the seaweed in this way we also offer refuge and habitat to other marine life forms in the ocean while the seaweeds are growing, allowing them to grow and re-establish depleted numbers,

Seaweed Farming: food and fuel of the future

Our seaweeds also help the oceans, as in green plants, photosynthesis enables seaweeds to convert sunlight into chemical energy, which is then bound by the formation of the sugar glucose. Glucose is the building block for the seaweeds’ carbohydrates and, at the same time, an energy source for the production of other organic substances that the seaweeds need in order to grow and to carry out life processes. 

The photosynthetic process uses up carbon dioxide, which is thereby removed from the water. In addition, phosphorous, a variety of minerals, and especially nitrogen are absorbed, Oxygen is formed as a by-product dissolved in the water, and then released into the atmosphere. This by-product is of fundamental importance for those organisms that must, like humans, have oxygen to be able to breathe. Photosynthesis can even, to a certain extent, be carried out when seaweeds are exposed to air and partially dehydrated.

Kelp helps clean up some of the nitrogen pumped into our rivers and oceans from human activity. Indeed, kelp captures and holds unwanted substances that lead to hypoxia and algal blooms, harming aquatic life. Compared to land crops, kelp requires no watering, no fertilizer, and no ploughing.

Apart from offering nutritious and healthy sea vegetables, our growing process also helps the oceans, the seaweeds, particularly the Kelp absorb tonnes of man made carbon from our oceans.

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