Thursday, March 24, 2011

Grow Your Own Seaweed

“Everyone on Earth should have access to enough nutrients,” says Brandenburg, “even when there are one and a half times as many people to feed in 2050.” He wants the coastal waters around river estuaries to be covered with huge seaweed beds. The Dutch government is expected to grant him a license to set up a test location soon.

While soy is a prominent source of protein, it is not an effective one. Eleven pounds (five kilograms) of soy are needed to produce two pounds (a kilo) of meat. So Willem Brandenburg, a researcher affiliated with Wageningen University in the Netherlands, came up with an alternative: the large-scale, sustainable cultivation of seaweed. Not only is seaweed rich in protein, it can reduce our dependence on soy. Read the entire article.

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