Can We Live Beyond Food? Algacultural Revolution: The Tiny Organism That Could Solve World Hunger.

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.

Feeding a Growing World Population

Humanity is on the brink of a food production crisis.

Our Toxic Relationship With Food

There’s no doubt that modern food production is efficient, but those efficiencies come at a price:

Declining Health, Expanding Waistlines

Modern food production isn’t just killing our planet, it’s slowly killing us too:

The Green Light at The End of The Tunnel

In Columbus, New Mexico, a food revolution is taking shape. On a 900 acre desert farm, a vast green sea of algae stretches far into the distance. This massive crop of microorganisms is being cultivated by IWI, a health and wellness company spearheading the drive for algae to be turned into a viable food source.

The Perfect Crop

Not only does algae require very little fresh water to thrive, it can also be harvested two to three times per week. That’s a massive improvement over conventional crops like corn and soy, and the cultivating process itself is far more streamlined and efficient, giving algae a tiny carbon footprint.

Eat the Green Slime

Forget any ideas you might be harboring about green pond slime. You’re unlikely to be eating algae by the bowlful any time soon.

The Health Benefits of Algae

Algae comes in hundreds of different strains. Spirulina, one of the oldest life forms on earth, is one of the most nutritionally dense and mineral rich foods on the planet.

Algae is very resistant to pollution and heavy-metal contamination, helps to pull toxins from the body and is also very easily assimilated, as Catharine Arnston CEO and Founder of ENERGYbits, explains:

During World War II, when people ran out of blood for transfusions, they used to give them liquid chlorophyll. They would heal just as fast because the chlorophyll is almost identical (in chemical composition) to your blood

Photo credit: ENERGYbits

Adding Algae to Your Diet

We’re not yet at the point where algae is commercially viable on a level where it can be added to basic foods. But you can still get ahead of the curve and enjoy some of the massive benefits of this superfood by including algae supplements into your diet.

A Food Revolution

As the world’s population grows, we’re going to find it increasingly difficult to produce the quantities of food we require without ruining our environment in the process.

Let’s regenerate ecosystems and learn as humans to live within the boundaries of our planet. Artist — Mentor — Founder @ceicollective

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