You’d be forgiven for overlooking algae — the green film commonly seen floating on the surface of stagnant ponds — as a tasty and nutritious source of food.

Yet algaculture, the growing and cultivating of algae for commercial use, isn’t a new thing. The tiny microorganisms are already used in natural food colorings, and Asian societies in particular have been using algae as a food supplement for generations.

Recently however, efforts have been stepped up to harvest this tiny green organism on an industrial scale, and by as early as 2025, algae could present a viable alternative food source for the world’s rapidly expanding population, helping to combat the catastrophic effects that commercial food production has on our fragile planet.

Feeding a Growing World Population

Humanity is on the brink of a food…

Photo credit: Matthew Kenney Cuisine

Global food production is about to reach its limits; rapidly growing populations and the catastrophic effects of climate change will put a huge strain on global supply chains and force us to completely rethink the way we eat.

Western nations in particular eat far too much animal protein, and they waste vast amounts of resources in the process. If we’re to have any hope of saving our broken planet and slowing our rates of chronic disease, we’re going to need to embrace plant-based diets — and fast…

Making Plants Center Stage

By now, the majority of the public are keenly aware of the climate change crisis, and the impact that a poor diet can have on their health. However, despite that knowledge, most people overwhelmingly make food choices based on convenience or taste.

And honestly, who can blame them?

Supermarkets are loaded…

The easiest way to shop for local food is right from the farm, and here I am. It is 2016, and I am visiting the Providenciales, the Caicos Conch Farm.

I was lucky to visit this wonderful place, Caicos Conch Farm, and meet some farmers, because damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Hurricane Maria a year later in 2017, continues to be unrepaired, and the site no longer produces much conch.

The Caicos Conch Farm on Providenciales was the world’s only conch farm. For centuries locals have harvested the queen conch and served it fresh in a multitude of dishes to tourists and natives alike.

So it’s troubling that now there seems to be little to no queen conch to be found.

In many Caribbean and tropical Atlantic countries…

Back in 1986, a man named Carlo Petrini organized a demonstration against the opening of a new McDonald’s, right next to Rome’s famous Spanish Steps.

Petrini’s protest marked the birth of the “Slow Food Movement”, whose manifesto made a strong case against the standardization and industrialization of the world’s food, championing a return to more humble ideals of community, compassion and better quality food.

Nearly 35 years later, the slow food movement has taken hold in 160 countries, with thousands of producers and consumers now upholding its cause.

Slow Food and Climate Change

The original Slow Food Manifesto was based…

As each year passes, our planet edges closer and closer toward a cataclysmic tipping point. Climate change ravages our environment, whilst famine, war and poverty show no real signs of slowing.

Meanwhile, over 80% of the world’s wealth continues to be controlled by the richest 1% of the global population, as regular families struggle amid a constant cycle of boom and bust economics.

It’s a frustrating and disheartening situation we find ourselves in, and all of our modern socio-political systems have failed at bringing about meaningful change.

It seems, then, that our global community is desperately in need of a…

With the world economy having ground to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN issuing dire warnings of imminent and widespread food shortages, the word “famine” is once again seeping into our collective consciousness.

For those people living outside of the West (with its over-abundant food supplies and widespread obesity) malnutrition and starvation pose very real threats to life.

With many experts now calling for a more equitable world economy and a “Great Reset” that might usher in a greener, more sustainable future, how will we go about tackling the massive food crisis looming on the horizon?

Picture Credit: Gotham Greens’ original greenhouse location in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

I couldn’t sleep last night because I felt the urge to reflect on things I’ve been seriously pondering for a long time. I don’t know about for you all, but for me there is so much information and perspective I would like to share, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the amount of time I’d need to spend structuring my thoughts so that they all make sense.

Topics I’ve been diligently studying for years are: sustainability, wellness, health, longevity, human potential, equality and how we make choices as a collective.

Last year, after attending a press launch at the #SocialGoodSummit…

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The video above is part of my story.

I made this video to share my story about why I started my passion project, which no surprise I call #CEIproject.

Hopefully it has inspired you with some of your own ideas for video.

I’d love to hear what your story is!

Hearing your stories is my favourite part of what I do here at the CEI Collective.

Every experience you’ve had, job you’ve taken and interest that you’ve pursued are part of your story. …

Tanmay Bakshi / TED speaker, IBM Champion, Honorary IBM Cloud Advisor — Tanmay Bakshi, one of the youngest programmers in the world, uses cognitive and cloud mechanisms to build applications designed to broaden human skills. Bakshi is the architect of neural networks, and the author of the publication; a speaker at TED; he bears the title of IBM Champion and Honorary IBM Cloud Advisor and also runs the IBM Facebook Live Series series called Watson Made Simple with Tanmay. The passion for learning and sharing his experiences is shown on his YouTube channel, in books and publications for the media…

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