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“We must plant the sea and herd its animals … using the sea as farmers instead of hunters” Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Green Ocean Farming has the largest single macroalgae farm in the UK, we are also involved in macroalgae projects and farming in Canada, the Middle East, Africa, the South Atlantic, the East Indian Ocean as well as other parts of the UK.
We specialise in farming nutritious Seaweed (Sea Vegetables) on ropes and nets, Kelp forest restoration to help the environment, promoting seaweed and alternative aquaculture in the UK and around the world.
We aim to bring home grown seaweed into the spot light and to encourage it's consumption by mankind, as an alternative and healthier food option to animal and intense arable farming, at the same time helping the oceans thrive as the seaweeds grow. We are keen to establish and promote independent seaweed and alternative aquaculture farms around the coast to help increase awareness of seaweed and all its benefits to humans, the environment and animal health. Apart from a food source seaweed is a realistic alternative to man made nitrogen fertiliser, it makes a great bio stimulant and a soil improver in the form of seaweed biochar.
Seaweed is a tasty "vegetable" in it's own right but it can also be incorporated into the food chain either as a nutritious frozen vegetable to be used in the same way as say, cabbage, spinach or other greens, or it can be blanched and chipped, then added to foods such as bread, pies, pastas, potato cakes, curries and other ready meals or dishes. It is rich in minerals and iodine and is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
You probably already use it every day, it's in your tooth paste, shampoo and even ice cream but now it's time to eat it as a daily staple.
The World Bank in 2016 stated “To maintain current consumption trends, the world will also need to produce 50–70 percent more food by 2050, increasingly under drought conditions and on poor soils.”
Seaweed farms can produce seventeen times the protein of a livestock farm with no fuel, no fertilizer, no freshwater and no land. Seaweed sequesters nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon, meaning seaweed farms are carbon negative. They improve the environment.
Apart from providing a healthy food source, by growing Seaweeds on lines we are creating habitat for other marine life, which in turn helps balance the marine Eco structure around our shores.
By growing Seaweeds for use as a food Green Ocean Farms seek to promote the health benefits of our Seaweeds, particularly it's anti cancer properties it benefits to diabetics and the iodine in the mineral rich green leaf.
The overwhelming benefits of seaweed are starting to gather pace amongst well-informed consumers. There is a heightened demand for seaweed in all its forms, with Global Market Insights predicting that the commercial seaweed market will exceed $87 billion by 2024.
Other interests: We are often asked about various seaweeds and uses and how to re introduce seaweeds to areas where it has stopped growing or disappeared or been destroyed by bad fishing practices. Because of this, we have started making artificial seaweed reefs to offer a food source and cover to marine life.
We are also keen to explore the possibility of cultivating other types of seaweeds such as Irish Moss or Dulce for the commercial market, especially the food and dairy industries and will be studying the seaweed in the laboratory over the coming months.
We are committed to reducing carbon and acidity in the oceans and one of our larger projects is to bring nutrient rich colder waters from 100m - 200m to the surface through compressed air bubbles. to kick start the food chain in the ocean and in doing so, eventually reduce ocean temperature and acidity. If you are interested in helping us or funding us, we would love to hear from you.
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For a visual overview please watch the video below.
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