Spirulina Microfarm

Smart Microfarms has created the first spirulina algae farm in Northern California with year round greenhouse production – a scalable, modular, replicable growing system with web-based remote monitoring that can be installed anywhere. Its fresh, frozen and dehydrated SpiruSource® superfood products…

Help “reset” the algae industry

Yes, push that red reset button to get the algae industry back on track, by nominating players who are making a real and positive contribution in the world of algae. Over this past decade, the Algae Industry has been dominated by big money chasing the mirage of commercial algae biofuels. My March 2011 post “Shakeout in…

Growing spirulina at home microfarms

Cheap-Health-Revolution.com interviewed Robert Henrikson recently about growing spirulina at home, its health benefits, his work in promoting microfarms, as well as his vision for what spirulina can do in the future. Among the highlights of this fascinating interview… I’ve been eating about 5 grams…

AIM’s 2013 Yearend Wrapup: Q-2

In April…Mark Edwards and Robert Henrikson won Best Science Book award for their collaboration on Peace Microfarms… Life Technologies Corporation, of Carlsbad, California, was acquired by Waltham…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 6

How will growing algae change the world and improve our lives? Imagine our future living in cities where buildings are covered with photosynthetic skins and vertical gardens, collecting the sun’s energy and producing food and energy for urban citizens…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 5

Algae are being grown in outdoor ponds, greenhouses, photo bioreactors, fermenters and hybrid systems combining bioreactors and ponds. As new technologies and systems arrive, algae microfarming will be less costly…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 4

Over the past 30 years, many people have asked how they can grow algae themselves in their own back yard. The good news is that small scale algae farming has been tested for 30 years…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 2

Spirulina has been adopted by village farms in the developing world. As a supplement, spirulina offers remarkable benefits for undernourished people, especially children, with a long historical record…

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…

The Future of Algae, Pt. 6

Imagine living in cities where buildings are covered with green photosynthetic membranes and vertical gardens, collecting the sun’s energy and producing food for urban citizens. Imagine greening desert coastlines, producing for millions of people…

The Future of Algae, Pt. 4

How will algae production be designed into future landscapes, buildings and communities? What will they look like and how will they work? Algae Competition invited algae enthusiasts, architects, designers, visionaries…

The Future of Algae, Pt. 3

What are the best designs, engineering and systems to work effectively and economically on a community scale or distributed model? Algae Competition invited algae enthusiasts, engineers, systems designers, builders, students and teams to develop working…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 6

In over 40 countries, tablets, powder and capsules are widely used supplements. Spirulina is a featured ingredient in pasta, cookies, snack bars and juice drinks, and in personal care products like skin creams and shampoos…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 5 Development of a Spirulina Industry – Production

Over the past 30 years, the spirulina industry has been supplied by many small to large-scale farms around the world, using a wide range of algae…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 2 First Human Consumption and Cultivation

Microalgae have kept a low profile, but interaction with humans is notable on several occasions. The Bible describes, when the Israelites were starving in the wilderness, God provided ‘manna’…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 1 Origins and Biology

Spirulina is the immortal descendent of the first photosynthetic life form. Beginning 3.5 billion years ago, blue-green algae created our oxygen atmosphere so other life could evolve. Since then, algae…