Ana Feeds Our World, Part 7

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 7

Algae evolved in so many different competitive environments that the organisms built incredibly sophisticated defensive shields. Imagine each algae cell trying to survive and grow surrounded by a milieu of predators trying to eat it and trillions of bacteria, viruses, molds and other microorganisms…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 6

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 6

Algae typically do not have to move, since the nutrients flow naturally in the water to them. Algae do not need rigid structures since they are supported by water. Amazingly, algae developed the ability to swim. Sometimes single-celled algae grow whip-like appendages called flagella, which coordinate …

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 5

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 5

Algae are aquatic microscopic plants with chlorophyll-a and a single-cell body not differentiated into roots, stems or leaves. Algae include some photosynthetic bacteria, the cyanobacteria. Algae’s photosynthetic mechanism is similar to land-based plants, except they are far more efficient in converting …

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 4

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 4

Tiny Mighty Al shares the story of how this 3.5-billion-year-old single-celled alga saved our planet not once, but twice. First, Al ate the predominately CO2 atmosphere and burped enough O2 to support life on earth. After supplying the oxygen, our planet lacked food. Al became the favored food…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 3

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 3

Algae can be such lively little critters that some scientists consider them animals. Many can swim, such as dinoflagellates that have little whip-like structures called flagella which pull or push them through the water. Some algae squish part of their body forwards and crawl along solid surfaces…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 2

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 2

Ana knows that tiny single-celled organisms have extraordinary properties. Her favorite, algae, is the mother of all land plants. Terrestrial plants, with roots, evolved from algae about 500 million years ago. Algae comes in all shapes and sizes from tiny to macro. Some algae species group and form…

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 1

Ana Feeds Our World, Part 1

By 2040, Ana’s world will have over 9 billion hungry people competing for nourishment on our increasingly hot, dry and crowded planet. What will Ana’s children do for food? To provide abundant affordable and sustainable food for everyone, we need a plant that works miracles…

Ana Feeds Our World — Introduction

Ana Feeds Our World — Introduction

Ana Feeds our World describes the adoption and diffusion of sustainable, healthy and affordable algae-based food for plants, animals and people. Ana identifies and celebrates the many miracles algae has contributed to our planet and our society. Does Ana suggest that algae alone will feed…

Dr. Mark Edwards, on food for future generations

Dr. Mark Edwards, on food for future generations

A frequent contributor to Algae Industry Magazine, Dr. Mark Edwards is widely considered the #1 author in the world on issues related to algae food, feed and bioproducts. His 14 books in the Green Algae Series, dozens of articles and over 130+ blog posts in Algae Industry Magazine…

A Green Friendship Bridge for Puerto Rico?

A Green Friendship Bridge for Puerto Rico?

The Green Friendship Bridge proposes to shift 1% of the cost for Trump’s proposed wall to build peace microfarms throughout Mexico and Central America. The Friendship Bridge will advance freedom, peace and prosperity rather than constructing an ugly and largely useless barrier. Puerto Rico needs…

Algae and Sex Part 6

Algae and Sex Part 6

An Algae Secrets series last year addressed the challenge of solving the problem of lead poisoning inflicted on children and adults in Flint Michigan. Flint Michigan regained new attention in September 2017 with a report by David Slusky and Daniel Grossman that fetal death rates rose by a horrifying 58% while the fertility…

Algae and Sex Part 5

Algae and Sex Part 5

Nutrient loss in foods may occur from rising levels of atmospheric CO2. Nutrient loss may come from degraded soil that has insufficient nutrients to support healthy crops. Cropland degrades from industrial agriculture’s standard operating procedure, systemic overproduction and constant…

Algae and Sex Part 4

Algae and Sex Part 4

The “sex self-destruction” theory posits that the collapse of vital dietary nutrients in food crops due to global warming contributes significantly to the catastrophic collapse in male sperm counts, which threatens to destroy successful sex. Prior posts examined the evidence indicating global warming will lead…

Algae and Sex Part 3

Algae and Sex Part 3

The “sex self-destruction” by inaction to climate change, nutrient collapse and sperm collapse is currently only a theory with strong indicators, but without sufficient proof of cause and effect. Sex self-destruction by continued overuse of pesticides is not a theory, it is fact. Here are the facts. EPA’s Annual use of Pesticides…

Algae and Sex Part 2

Algae and Sex Part 2

The sex self-destruction theory posits that nutrient collapse in food crops due to global warming contributes significantly to the catastrophic collapse in male sperm counts, which threatens to destroy successful sex. A recent study led by Samuel Myers and a team at the Harvard School of Public Health found that rising…

Algae and Sex Part 1: Self-Destruction

Algae and Sex Part 1: Self-Destruction

Sex self-destruction represents a fascinating new scientific mystery that includes climate chaos, ghost forests, temperature spikes, fierce storms, colossal nutrient collapse in field crops, prized stallions, knockout mice, virile mink and an end to sex as we know it. This avoidable self-destruction threatens humanity pain…

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 9

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 9

Prior posts highlight the value proposition for building a Green Friendship Bridge of algae microfarms in lieu of 1%, (13 miles) of Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico. If we built microfarms for Mexican and Central American farmers, should we build another set for U.S. families in impoverished rural communities…

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 8

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 8

If we built a Green Friendship Bridge composed of 8,600 algae microfarms given to Mexican and Central American farmers in lieu of 1%, (13 miles) of additional border wall, what environmental benefits would accrue? NAFTA and U.S. farm subsidies artificially reduced crop prices lower than Mexican farmers could produce…

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 7

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 7

The Friendship Bridge proposes to build 8,600 algae microfarms in lieu of 13 miles of additional border wall. The highly productive microfarms will be given to Mexican and Central American farmers. The microfarms will enable farmers and families to grow food, feed, biofertilizers and healthy nutritional products on small non-cropland…

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 6

The Green Friendship Bridge Part 6

The Green Friendship Bridge project proposes to shift the money required to construct 13 miles of additional border wall (only 0.7% of the unfinished wall) and instead build 8,600 algae microfarms. These high-value, low cost microfarms will be given to Mexican and Central American farmers. The microfarms…

The Green Friendship Bridge Series Part 5

The Green Friendship Bridge Series Part 5

The Green Friendship Bridge project proposes building algae microfarms that will be sprinkled across Mexico and Central America. The microfarms will enable farmers and families to grow algae-based food, feed, biofertilizers and healthy nutritional products locally on tiny land footprints so they can stay in their homes and…

What foods can algae microfarms grow?

What foods can algae microfarms grow?

The Green Friendship Bridge project focuses on enabling microfarmers throughout Mexico and Central America to grow food locally so they do not have to migrate north. The initial training will use spirulina because it is easy to grow, harvest, and make into a wide variety of foods. The next question is: “What is the range…

How can we build the Green Friendship Bridge?

How can we build the Green Friendship Bridge?

A Green Friendship Bridge composed of 8,600 algae microfarms sprinkled throughout Mexico and Central America offers substantial advantages to all stakeholders, compared with a $20 billion border wall. The GAO estimates the additional wall will cost roughly $16.6 million/mile. Rather than build more wall…

Can algae microfarms build a Green Friendship Bridge?

Can algae microfarms build a Green Friendship Bridge?

The Green Friendship Bridge project offers a positive alternative to wasting $20 billion on Trump’s border wall. The Friendship Bridge proposes to build 8,600 algae microfarms and give these high-value, low cost microfarms to Mexican and Central American farmers. The microfarms will enable farmers and families…

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