Algae and National Security: Part 6

Algae and National Security: Part 6

In America, the richest nation on the planet, one in five children live in food insecure households. Over 17 million households, nearly one in seven, are food insecure. Food insecure household are up 30% since 2007, the highest number ever…

Algae and National Security: Part 4

Algae and National Security: Part 4

Countries go to war when the vital resources needed to produce food become extinct locally and world market food prices are too high. Extinction occurs when natural resources become unavailable or unaffordable. In the Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble…

Algae and National Security: Part 3

Algae and National Security: Part 3

Climate chaos brings a wide range of threats to food security. Robert Kaplan envisioned in The Coming Anarchy (1994) the core foreign-policy challenge for the 21st century as the “Political and strategic impact of surging populations, spreading disease…

Algae and National Security: Part 2

Algae and National Security: Part 2

Imagine a new food supply free of freshwater consumption. Water independence for food production would save water and avoid war. A Green Algae Strategy for growing algae-based foods in non-potable…

Algae and National Security: Part 1

Algae and National Security: Part 1

This series is the first time algae food production systems, peace microfarms, have been positioned as a strategic tool for U.S. national security. Numerous civilian and military experts have made the case for the strategic…

Algae 101: Part 50

Algae 101: Part 50

Farm policies drive food production. Farm policies endow government-sponsored research to Land Grant Universities, extension service agents, subsidies, and food support for the hungry. The USDA manages the $20 billion…

Algae 101: Part 49

Algae 101: Part 49

Modern societies are built around cheap energy that has been extracted for about 150 years. Our food, shelter, transportation and lifestyles consume massive amounts of fossil fuels. Globally, peak oil occurred in 2008 even…

Algae 101: Part 48

Algae 101: Part 48

New medical research shows significant positive effect for omega-3 fatty acids ingested with several servings of fish per week or with daily omega-3 supplements. Studies report that children with a broad array of cognitive…

Algae 101: Part 47

Algae 101: Part 47

Algae omega-3 fatty acids provide significant health and development benefits during life in the womb. Health and cognitive benefits for omega-3s continue throughout life. Essential fatty acids are fatty acids critical to the good health…

Algae 101: Part 46

Algae 101: Part 46

The cost of diabetes in the US approaches $200 billion annually. A new study released at the “Weight of the Nation” conference in Washington DC in April 2012 predicts 42% of Americans will be obese by 2030. Either we solve diabetes…

Algae 101: Part 45

Algae 101: Part 45

Recent breakthroughs in algae foods herald an exciting future for this apparently new but actually very old food category. Market demand keeps growing, functional foods continue expanding, and new algae food products are hitting the shelves..

Algae 101: Part 44

Algae 101: Part 44

Algae’s dense nutrient set provides natural nutralence in foods. The prior Algae Industry Magazine, Algae 101 post noted that naturally nutralent foods are available today in the form of sea vegetables, microalgae powders and dried seaweed…

Algae 101: Part 43

Algae 101: Part 43

Empty calories, while ubiquitous today, are so yesterday. Who would choose to eat foods with empty calories when they could discover foods with 100 to 300% more nutrients per bite? Algae-based foods can provide “nutralence” – high nutrient density…

Algae 101: Part 42

Algae 101: Part 42

The classic Pete Seeger folk song Where have all the Flowers Gone? reports their “Long time passing.” We will see the long time passing of flowers, food crops and people unless we find solutions to phosphorus (P) scarcity….

Algae 101: Part 41

Algae 101: Part 41

Starship foods and functional foods derived from algae incorporate the essential nutrients necessary to support sustained health and vitality. A set of smart microfarms can produce extremely pure medical products that remediate most the medical issues…

Algae 101: Part 40

Algae 101: Part 40

The production of 100 years of starship medicines without resupply represents a substantial challenge. Since the starship cannot depend on finding nutrients or medicines suitable for human life on the voyage, everything aboard the starship…

Algae 101: Part 39

Algae 101: Part 39

Starship nutrition comes from the nutrients in algae and the microorganism community directly, or indirectly in fish, fowl, meat animals, or plants that absorb their nutrients from algae. Everything aboard the starship supplies nutrients…

Algae 101: Part 38

Algae 101: Part 38

Our human body consists of roughly 100 trillion cells organized biologically. Each cell must be supplied with the nutrients required to sustain life. Metabolism causes the body to consume some of its mineral elements and vitamins in order…

Algae 101: Part 37

Algae 101: Part 37

NASA and DARPA sponsored the 100-year Starship Symposium in Orlando to develop a viable and sustainable model for persistent, long-term, private-sector investment into the myriad disciplines needed to make long-distance space travel…

Algae 101 Part 36

Algae 101 Part 36

Industrial agriculture is highly sensitive to climate variability and weather extremes, such as droughts, floods, temperature spikes, and severe storms. Weather tolerant algae-based crops grown with abundance methods could provide…

Algae 101 Part 35

Algae 101 Part 35

A food supply based on fossil resources imposes five fatal errors on societies; constantly rising prices, freshwater scarcity, soil erosion and degradation, severe environmental insults and eventually crop failure. A food supply not dependent on fossil…

Algae 101 Part 34

Algae 101 Part 34

The four primary metrics that examine sustainable food and biofuels are life cycle analysis, ecological footprint, freshwater footprint, and carbon footprint. The proposal here suggests a food and biofuels footprint can improve…

Algae 101 Part 33

Algae 101 Part 33

rince Charles has advocated sustainable agriculture with less dependence on fossil resources for over 30 years. He shared his insights in a keynote address at the Georgetown University Future of Food Conference in May 2011…

Algae 101 Part 32

Algae 101 Part 32

Net zero food production has minimal or no negative impact on the environment. In May 2011, Except Integrated Sustainability announced the Polydome, a revolutionary approach to greenhouse agriculture that offers the possibility…

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