24 Aug Seaweed And The Environment
Seaweed And The Environment
Seaweed is a renewable food resource that can be grown and harvested throughout the year. Seaweed is nutrient-rich. It is packed with many beneficial nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, and fibers with rewarding benefits for health and the environment.
Seaweed as many health benefits
Seaweed is a great source of vitamins and minerals such as iodine, iron, and calcium. It can be used to help reduce salt intake when taken as a salt alternative and thus reduce iodine levels in the body. It may also have antioxidants and anti-cancer properties that can be used in the development of pharmaceuticals and can be used to protect the body from diseases such as different forms of cancers, coronary diseases, and diabetes. Seaweed has fiber and sugars that may be used as food sources for the bacteria in your gut to possibly improve your gastrointestinal health.
Seaweed may help slow climate change
Over the last few decades, human activities such as deforestation and industrialization have contributed to climate change and the world has experienced shifting weather patterns. Industrialization, in particular, has resulted in harmful effluents entering river systems and ending up in the sea. Cultivation of seaweed might mitigate some of this. Seaweed does not need any fertilizers, pesticides or chemicals to grow and it improves the water quality where it is grown. Brown seaweed absorbs nitrogen which is used extensively in land-based agriculture and reduces nitrogen pollution in seawater. The use of fertilizers in land farming results in the run-off of nitrogen and phosphate into the ocean. According to the World Bank, cultivating about 500 million tons of seaweed can help absorb about 10 million tons of nitrogen which is about 30% of the nitrogen found in the ocean, and 15 million tons of phosphate, which makes up about 33% of the total phosphorus that enters the ocean.
The potential cultivation of seaweed in seawater may reduce growing competition for access to land and freshwater and this will positively impact the environment.
Seaweed can create sustainable income for communities
Seaweed aquaculture production is increasing every day and with this, there are financial benefits for the communities. The farming itself is a source of employment to the locals and they benefit from the sale of the seaweed as food or feed ingredients once it is harvested. Since most of our food resources come from land, there is a huge unexploited opportunity for seaweed as a food source. Additionally, 70% of the world’s surface is covered by ocean providing great potential for seaweed farming.
The seaweed biomass can has potential in many different ways such as a form of biofuel as renewable energy .
Seaweed protects the marine ecosystem
Seaweed farming can help protect vulnerable coral reefs by increasing the diversity of local algae. Since seaweed farming appears to improve water quality, increasing the amount of seaweed grown in the ocean will help reduce ocean acidification and may moderate rising carbon dioxide levels.
Several studies show that seaweed farming has increased fish populations and other marine animals by acting as a habitat.
Once local communities are convinced about the economic value of seaweed farming, they are motivated to protect and value their seawater and its resources. This helps in increasing fish stocks and by reducing the need for overfishing as locals do not need to fish as much to survive economically.
We make no medical claims. But we all understand seaweed is healthy. What you may not know is that peer reviewed scientific papers have shown in countless studies on humans, animals and in test tubes that seaweed is healthy. Biosea Health provides Pacific Seamoss© as a simple way to consume food. Simply good healthy food.