Virginia startup pitching new spirulina drink

Katie Demeria at the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia native Elliot Roth wants people to drink spirulina.“It’s a highly efficient food source, and it can grow practically anywhere,” says Mr. Roth, a 2015 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and founder and CEO of Spira…

Spirulina growing natural food colors market

The global natural food colors market was valued at US$1.2 Billion in 2015, and is expected to grow by 6.8% to reach US$1.3 Billion in 2016. North America and Western Europe are the two largest markets for natural food coloring according to a new market study, collectively accounting… [Read the full story]

India’s spirulina conundrum

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…

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…

Fighting India’s malnutrition with spirulina

Shilpa Baburaj writes in the Times of India that, as a student at PES Institute of Technology (PESIT) in Bengaluru, India, Mahesh RV was disturbed by the condition of undernourished kids. His concern gave birth to the entrepreneurial idea of growing spirulina as a dietary supplement. Today, the 26-year-old is into full-time…

25 ways to eat spirulina

Pete Hughes in England writes about a former Oxford Times writer who has published a book of 25 recipes all featuring spirulina as a prime ingredient. There is even a recipe for dog biscuits. Helen Peacocke wrote her Green Power cookbook inspired by an Abingdon charity’s project to farm spirulina in Africa as a cheap…

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…

Kenyan doctor’s spirulina farm boosts immunity

Mercy Kahenda writes in the Standard Daily about Dr. David Githanga, a pediatrician and cardiologist in Kenya who educates mothers and expectant women on proper child nutrition. To help boost the immune systems in children, as well as for the elderly people living with HIV/AIDs, he and his wife…

Spirulina Nutrition Study

See how spirulina is being used to treat childhood malnutrition and nursing mothers in Madurai, a major city and cultural headquarters in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Professor Doctor Edwin discusses the improvements in children’s health, including weight, iron level and Vitamin A, with a daily…

Cultivating spirulina in Cambodia

The Phnom Penh Post ran story about a New Zealand couple who, after plans for a dairy business went sour, invested in Cambodia’s mostly untapped spirulina market, setting up Global Superfoods, which produces spirulina powder and pills for the increasingly health-conscious local…

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…

Spirulina growing as a food colorant

Tom Coultate, author of Food: the Chemistry of its Components, writes for Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry that the move from synthetic to “natural” food colorants has not been as simple as might be imagined. For example. the anthocyanins – abundant in fruit – work well in the mildly acidic environments of soft drinks…

German entrepreneur mining rooftop spirulina

CleanMalaysia.com reports that rooftop spirulina gardens are part of a burgeoning do-it-yourself urban farm project in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital. They are aimed at growing edible algae that are high in nutritional value and easy to cultivate in homemade bioreactors on otherwise…

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…

Matrix Genetics & Proterro partner on modified spirulina

Seattle, WA-based Matrix Genetics, a biotechnology company focused on producing products derived from cyanobacteria, and Proterro, a biotechnology company with a unique photobioreactor technology to convert waste CO2 into valuable products, have announced a partnership to jointly… [Read the full story]

Spirulina Growing Kit

Interested in growing spirulina at home? Matthew Huber of Algae Research Supply gives simple instructions for how to get your DIY algae project up and multiplying…

New spirulina and cancer study

Alex Strauss writes in Surviving Mesothelioma about a new study on spirulina’s effects on five major types of cancer. Spirulina — a cyanobacterium, or blue-green algae, that is cultivated as a dietary supplement and as a whole food — is rich in plant proteins and contains other vitamins and minerals…

Japan’s Chitose ramping up spirulina capacity abroad

Akane Okutsu writes for asia.nikkei.com that Japanese bioventure Chitose Laboratory is taking its spirulina business overseas, with plans to quintuple capacity for the edible blue-green algae by setting up American and Singaporean production bases. Chitose was launched in 2002 to develop…

Rhode Island spirulina farmer playing the Tom Brady factor

Jenna Pelletier writes in the providence (Rhode Island) Journal that Lawrence Dressler, a Cranston, Rhode Island spirulina farmer has been getting some fresh publicity lately thanks to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. His family’s personal chef recently revealed, in an interview with…

Chlorella vs. Spirulina

The Health Cloud compares chlorella and spirulina to help viewers decide which algae is the best microalgal superfood for their health goals. While both support a wide variety of digestive assists, they have their differences: Chlorella is roughly 3 to 5% chlorophyll, which is the highest of the microalgae…

Netherlands’ FeyeCon launches algae-based health products

Netherlands-based FeyeCon, a company that has offered tailor-made process design and equipment at bench, pilot and production scales since 2001, has introduced a new line of health and beauty products employing microalgae as primary ingredients. Their algae were processed in the Netherlands…

Cyanotech reports latest financial results

Kailua Kona, Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corporation, a leader in the production of astaxanthin and spirulina-based products, has announced financial results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2016, ended September 30, 2015. For the second quarter of fiscal 2016 compared to the second…

Spirulina for Health

Dr. Josh Axe shares the health benefits of Spirulina, the blue-green algae that is one of the top superfoods in the world today. Its nutritional profile is loaded with chlorophyll, B Vitamins, Vitamin K and minerals such as zinc and magnesium. It is also a great source of quality protein if you aren’t getting enough in your diet…

Rwanda fighting malnutrition with spirulina

Michel Nkurunziza writes in allafrica.com that the Food Agricultural Organization (FAO), City of Kigali and YaLa Africa are in a joint effort to combat malnutrition using spirulina farming. “It is a supplement that can be added to students’ food, and scientific studies have shown that spirulina significantly boosts mental…

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