The future’s not plastics. It’s algae

The future’s not plastics. It’s algae

The director of the Algae Biomass Organization reflects on how algae could save us all.

Is the Age of Algae upon us?

It must be, writes Matt Carr, PhD., in Biomass Magazine. We’re running out of land and water and the population keeps growing.

“The world needs a new crop that grows prolifically on small amounts of land, doesn’t compete with traditional agriculture, and can recycle rather than release nutrients,” writes the executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization. “It must also require fresh water or months of growth before harvest, and be able to produce a variety of products for a variety of industries.”

That new crop, of course, is a millennia-old one, and it will one day be the dominant supplier of omega-3s, Carr writes. “Increasingly,” he says, “companies are turning to algae rather than animal or fish sources for omega-3s, given cost, volatility and concerns about sustainability.” More and more ingredient suppliers are solving sourcing issues with single-celled scum.

Not only will algae be omega-3’s answer, it will be America’s answer too, according to Carr: “…a robust algae industry will result in increased jobs and economic development here in the U.S., jobs that can’t be outsourced and, in many cases, will be created in rural areas hit hard by the recession.”

“The case for biomass,” he writes, “is really no longer a question of being “green” or being “sustainable,” rather it is a necessity to be able to meet the demands of a growing population. It's about building a great future.”

For the complete business angle on all things omega-3, check out the Nutrition Business Journal omega-3 report here.

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