twittertopbarlinks_eventstopbarlinks_requesttopbarlinks_archives
NCMA Algae Tips
Click here for more information about Liqofluxphenometrics515R1
Visit cricatalyst.com!Commercial Algae Professionals

Health & Nutrition

India’s spirulina conundrum

July 1, 2016
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

A malnourished child being weighed at an anganwadi centre. Photo: The Hindu

A malnourished child being weighed at an anganwadi centre. Photo: The Hindu

Afshan Yasmeen reports in The Hindu that India’s recent moves to provide two grams of spirulina as nutritional supplements to undernourished children living in the country’s anganwadi shelters in the state of Karnataka is getting push back from some activists and nutritionists who see it as inferior to a balanced meal.

As announced in the Karnataka State Budget, the Women and Child Development Department are set to administer two grams of spirulina for 180 days to severely malnourished anganwadi children across the State. The dietary supplement will be given in either sugar-coated granular or capsule form, and the department is in the process of finalizing the process.

According to the department’s data, there are 26,000 severely malnourished children in the State, and it has set aside Rs. 3.6 crore (~$35,000USD) for administering the spirulina.

Officials claim that a pilot program carried out in association with JSW Foundation in Sandur taluk of Ballari over the past year brought malnutrition levels down from 45 per cent to 29 per cent. “The decision to extend it across the State was based on the success of this pilot program,” said Malathi S. Pol, Deputy Director (ICDS).

However, nutritionists and activists opposing the program say that spirulina is not a traditional food in India, and has never been advocated for child feeding. They said such attempts will only help create a market for spirulina.

Veena Shatrugna, former deputy director of the Hyderbad-based National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), said what pre-schoolers need are wholesome balanced meals. “By trying to substitute vitamins and nutrients with a dietary supplement, the government is making a mockery of the idea of child nutrition. This is the age when their taste buds are activated and they start relishing the food they eat,” she said.

The debate rages over a wholesome meal or a dietary capsule for malnourished children in India. “Even the National Food Security Act, 2013, mandates that under ICDS children should be given local food to meet their nutritional needs. We demand that the program be dropped,” said Swarna Bhat, a member of the Right to Food Campaign. “Instead let them give eggs and bananas to all children.”

Read More

More Like This…

HOME A.I.M. Archives

Copyright ©2010-2016 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
Phys.org reports that, in collaboration with the Berlin, Germany LED manufacturer FutureLED, scientists at the Technische Universität München have developed a unique comb...
Researchers Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), have exploited an unusual and untapped class of c...
Tubular glass photobioreactor (PBR) systems protect algae from harmful environmental factors, keeping strains safer from bio-contamination. The glass tubing itself can be...
Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe...
Biocrude oil obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of algae can be an energy-efficient replacement for the fossil crude oil normally used in the production of fue...
Bigelow Laboratory, of East Boothbay, Maine, and the University of Mississippi have formed a five-year Strategic Inter-Institutional Partnership Agreement for collaborati...
Nevele, Belgium-based TomAlgae is developing freeze-dried microalgae for feed in shrimp hatcheries. The company has created its own microalgal “cultivar” and manufactures...
Algae may hold the key to feeding the world’s burgeoning population. If algae’s efficiency at taking in carbon dioxide from the air could be transferred to crops, we coul...
The U.S. Department of Energy has ranked UC San Diego’s algae biofuels research effort the number one such program in the nation for the fourth consecutive year. The late...
Natural Icelandic astaxanthin supplier, ArcticFarma, has reached an agreement with a subsidiary of China-based BGG to rename itself in order to avoid market confusion. “B...
In Australia, the New South Wales Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH) has been launched as an enabling incubator environment to foster the development of algae as a cost effect...
Tafline Laylin writes for Inhabitat.com about the elegant solution that Romanian designer Alexandru Predonu has conceived that uses solar energy to power a rotating desal...