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…

The Green Friendship Bridge Series

The Green Friendship Bridge Series

The Green Friendship Bridge series examines a simple question: “What makes better sense, extending the border wall with Mexico 1,300 miles or taking 13 miles of fence investment to build 8,600 algae microfarms and sprinkle them throughout Mexico and Central America?”…

Algae animal feed solutions to avoid pesticides in our food

Algae animal feed solutions to avoid pesticides in our food

Recent Algae Secrets posts established how algae solutions could reduce the need for heavy pesticide loads on field crops and for therapeutics that moderate and, in some cases treat symptomology for autism spectrum disorder, (ASD) and other pesticide-induced diseases…

Algae food solutions to avoid pesticide exposure

Algae food solutions to avoid pesticide exposure

Pesticides are substances that attract and destroy pests. Pesticide include a diverse variety of poisons including herbicides, insecticides, nematocides, rodenticides, antimicrobials and fungicides. According to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent organic chemicals…

Algae Solutions for pesticide exposure and Autism

Algae Solutions for pesticide exposure and Autism

The last post positioned algae solutions for bioremediation of poisoned water and soil that can reduce the risk of arsenic exposure and the onset of autism spectrum disorder, (ASD). This essay explores how algae bioproducts can serve directly as medicines to reduce the symptoms and severity of ASD…

An algae strategy for fighting arsenic poisoning

An algae strategy for fighting arsenic poisoning

The Superfund Priority List of Hazardous Substances ranks arsenic number one because very tiny assimilation builds cumulative body stores that impose devastating health consequences. Arsenic is a stealth killer ingested in polluted air and groundwater and poses…

A novel algae strategy for arsenic poisoning

A novel algae strategy for arsenic poisoning

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates over 200 million people worldwide are exposed to arsenic concentrations in drinking water that exceed the guideline limit of 10 µg/L. This threshold may also be expressed as 10 parts per billion (ppb). The majority of arsenic exposure lies in southern Asian countries…

Can algae save children from heavy metals poisoning?

Can algae save children from heavy metals poisoning?

Approximately half a million U.S. children under five years of age have been tested with blood lead levels exceeding five micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated. The number of children and adults at risk from the broader array of heavy metals…

An algae solution for Flint, Michigan’s Lead Poisoning? Part 2

An algae solution for Flint, Michigan’s Lead Poisoning? Part 2

The best way to lower an elevated blood lead level is to prevent continued exposure to lead. Flint children are now receiving bottled and other sources of clean water, which stops the bioaccumulation of lead in their bodies. However, many children are left with dangerously high levels of lead in the brains…

An algae solution for Flint, Michigan’s lead poisoning? Part 1

An algae solution for Flint, Michigan’s lead poisoning? Part 1

Flint Michigan’s water supply was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River in 2014. The Flint is so notoriously dirty that some locals call it the Filth River. The change was made during a financial state of emergency for the struggling industrial town. The shift was supposed to be temporary until a new state-run supply line…