Seaweed farming and its surprising benefits

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Seaweed may be thought of as a nuisance, but an increasing number of fishermen, scientists and consumers are seeing it as a solution

Many of us think of seaweed as a nuisance -- the slimy, sometimes smelly stuff that clogs fishermen's nets, gets tangled in our ankles in the ocean, and washes up unwanted on the beach. Even its name -- sea-weed -- implies something undesirable.

And yet increasing numbers of fishermen, scientists, and foodies in this country are starting to look at seaweed very differently -- as a promising source of food, jobs and help cleaning ocean waters. With rising global populations and limited space to expand agriculture on land, they are turning to the sea -- and its "weeds" -- as a new frontier.

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