SOCIETAL BENEFITS & FOOD SECURITY
Seaweed is a nutrient rich, low input food source that has the capacity to transform today’s food system. The risks associated with industrial land-based agriculture, including greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution and deforestation, jeopardize environmental and public health. As the need for responsible alternatives becomes increasingly pressing, seaweed offers a nutritious and sustainable food source for humans as well as animals.
Seaweed is divided into three major classes, brown, red and green, and comes in a variety of species with diverse nutritional profiles. While nutrients vary depending on species, seaweed generally contains an abundance of essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and iodine. Seaweed has the potential to enhance global food and nutritional security due to its high protein content and nutritional value. As drought and soil conditions worsen, the need for more alternative protein sources to feed the world’s growing population becomes increasingly pressing. Thus, seaweed’s minimal environmental footprint makes it an excellent alternative to animal-based proteins which require extensive land, food, energy and water resources.