Scientists and companies call seaweed the raw material of the future. Not only because it contains many ingredients such as proteins, calcium, vitamins and minerals, but also because it can be cultivated sustainably. The United Nations has formulated 17 goals to create a better world for our posterity. Seaweed contributes to many of these goals to create a better world.
Life on land and below water
Seaweed is grown at sea and therefore relieves our agricultural land (SDG15). In addition, the cultivation of seaweed has positive effects on underwater biodiversity (SDG14). It is a breeding ground for young fish, crustaceans and shellfish.
Clean water and no hunger
Seaweed is rich in essential ingredients, in areas where agriculture is difficult due to the climate, seaweed can offer a solution to food problems (SDG2). Seaweed absorbs nitrogen and phosphate, which contributes to clean water. The phosphates come from, among other things, fish farms (SDG6)
Fermenting seaweed into biogas is a sustainable alternative to fossil (SDG7). Combining seaweed farms and wind farms can also lead to even more profitable sustainable energy. The vegetable proteins form seaweed can replace animal proteins, which means less methane emissions (SDG13).
Seaweed cultivation and the processing thereof leads to more employment (SDG8). By extracting part of our (vegetable) proteins from seaweed, the pressure on the land will be much less and CO2 emissions will decrease. Seaweed also absorbs CO2, ultimately creating a sustainable and livable living environment (SDG11)