Today we’re talking all about seaweed – it’s one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.
It seems like every week that a new superfood is found, a new property inside some foreign exotic fruit which could save us all from cancer & fix all our gut health ailments. It’s pretty rare that I get excited about these findings as most are often industry funded and skewed by the media with, largely, a commercial sway.
But today I’m excited. In fact, I’ve been excited about this range of superfoods for a very long time. I’m sounding like a commercial, I know. But the reality is that seaweed, the reds, the greens, the browns, all have huge implications for the global economy, our environment and of course our health.
But with 99% of seaweed agriculture occurring in Eastern countries, it’s still a food & topic I know very little about. I want to change that.
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See if you can picture yourself around in 1788 here in Australia before the first fleet arrived and before they forced their own agricultural preferences onto this fragile country. Littering the entire countryside was native, organic incredibly bioavailable and healthy superfoods. Australian wild rice, yams & other roots & tubers, berries, game meats & more. Lining the shores and filling the depths of the ocean was another food, offering what is really an exemplary nutritional profile; seaweed.
For the next 230 years an English way of farming was forced onto this land and we had to pay the price for it with expensive and brutally toxic agrochemicals and fertilisers, many of which end up in the ocean and all of which do nothing but harm to the fragile top soil & eco system of the country.
I want to see a new way of agriculture here in Australia. The huge plethora of indigenous foods available to be grown in more controlled environments, coupled with modern urban farming techniques could, I believe, save us from our environmental woes & maintain a powerful connection with our Aboriginal heritage. And i think the first place to start, with a very conscientious, ecologically friendly approach, is in the ocean. Seaweed may be one of the least invasive forms of agriculture I’ve ever come across and actively adds value to the biological system in which it grows.
On a global scale, seaweed has the potential to provide 10% of the world’s food supply by 2050 whilst at the same time sequestering toxic byproducts of modern agriculture from the environment such as nitrogen & phosphorous whilst only using .03% of the oceans surface area to do so, a tiny amount if spread across dozens of countries.
According to a Seaweed Aqualculture global report by the World Bank Group, Seaweed is an incredible source of omega 3 oils, protein, gut nourishing carbohydrate soft fibres and offers anti-fungal, anti-bacterial & antiviral properties. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-cancerous product & may regulate blood pressure & nourish the liver.
To chat about the seemingly endless array of benefits which seaweed offers the world today, I have seaweed researcher Dr Pia Winberg joining me, a marine ecologist & founder of Phyco Health, a company producing seaweed health products on the South Coast of NSW. Let’s jump into it.
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