What is the FUTUREOF SEAWEED FARMING?

seaweed bio fuel

We already know that Bio Fuels can be made from Seaweed, the problem is that it is not cost effective at the moment, however in the not too distant future scientists will find a way of producing cheap bio fuels; and that's where the problems begin.
At the moment Seaweeds are used either for food, mainly in Asia or as ingredients and additives for the food industry or the cosmetics industry. When the bio fuel break through happens, the world will wake up to the fact that there isn't enough Seaweed grown to meet demand. 

Between fifteen hundred and two thousand gallons of ethanol can be made from seaweed, whereas an acre of sugar cane can make just shy of a thousand gallons and an acre of corn can make just over four hundred gallons. Seaweed has the advantage of not having lignin, which is a chemical compound that makes up many of the secondary walls of some organisms. Because there’s no lignan, the seaweed can be broken down into sugar more easily.


Not only will the bio fuel industry need millions of tonnes of seaweed but close on its heels is the bio plastic industry, again stalling at the moment due to production costs. They will need similar amounts of seaweed to meet demand.
seaweed bio plastic

In an attempt to lower the use of single-use plastics in takeaway packaging, online delivery service Just Eat has announced a new UK six-week trial of seaweed-based sauce sachets for ketchup and garlic herb sauces. The Seaweed Sauce sachets, created in partnership with sustainable packaging development company, decompose in a matter of weeks. 

In March, Just Eat announced a package of measures to reduce excess plastics included in UK takeaway deliveries. One of the commitments the business made was to work with key industry experts to invest in the research and development of innovative and practical alternatives for single-use plastics.

What about us?

So where does that leave seaweeds grown for food and medicinal purposes?

Well the answer is simple, plan ahead and get the seaweed farms established. From a business prospective you could sell your seaweed harvest to the highest bidder, whether that's a food, cosmetic, bio fuel or packaging companies. 

However Green Ocean Farming grows seaweeds for other reasons, mainly to supply a healthy sustainable product for human consumption and in doing so help remove carbon from the oceans.

No matter whether you support bio fuels, bio plastics, seaweed as food or seaweed medicines, that fact is the planet needs more seaweeds farmed, not harvesting wild seaweeds from rocks, that would simply kill the eco systems around our little island.

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