Is Seaweed our future saviour?
Seaweed has had many uses in our world from being the structural integrity supporting our sushi rolls to acting as a fake set of hair for a beach mermaid or monster. However seaweed is about to jump a few leaps up the heirachy of importance ladder .
Introducing the team at Sea Forrest, a company set up in the cold waters of Triabunna, Tasmania. This team are the first commercial producers of Asparagopsis seaweed at commercial scale.
I know that last word Asparagopsis is a mouthful, so heres photo below to put a face to the name.
What we might not be aware of is the critical role that seaweed plays in maintaining both the oceans health and the health of marine life. The ocean absorbs about 25% of the worlds CO2 pollution on an annual basis. Growing seaweed commercially will aid in cleaning and de-acidify of our oceans through absorbing CO2 via photosynthesis.
Not only can Seaweed be crucial in ocean health and support but more broadly the mission is to reduce CO2 output and keen the worlds equilibrium in check.
For a bit of background on this type of seaweed is native to water of Tasmania. The main purposes of its production are
- To create solutions that stop climate change
- Reducing the Methane output of commercial agriculture
- Generating more food with fewer resources.
One of the most profound points Sam Elsom makes in his Podcast on the Ocean impact Organisation is that we've run out of Landmass to plant enough trees to combat carbon emission output but we've got more than enough ocean to cultivate seaweed to combat it. This point has been the most exciting part of Sea Forrests business prospects and future outlook.
The team at Sea Forrest has been in communication with wool and diary farmers to feed their cattle and agricultural animals asparagopsis. The amazing thing is that the animals only need 0.2% of seaweed in their diet or 20-30 grams in a cow per day (fistful of seaweed) to reduce methane emissions by 99%.
To hear the full interview and exciting postive environmental impact with Sea Forrest with CO-Founder Sam Elsom and Tim Silverwood.
or check out Sea Forrest website below