Naturex triples spirulina production capacity

Naturex is expanding its spirulina-based food coloring products with the addition of Vegebrite® Ultimate Spirulina, which offers all shades of blue and green when blended with Naturex’s natural yellows. The coloring properties are derived from the spirulina’s phycocyanin pigment. The company’s new extraction…

Lumen Bioscience patents spirulina genetic engineering

Lumen Bioscience, a Seattle biotechnology company focused on orally delivered antibody therapeutics and other biologics, has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company Patent No. 10,131,870, entitled “Targeted Mutagenesis in Spirulina”… [Read the full story]

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…

Cyanotech: 13.7% sales dip in 2nd quarter, rebound expected

Hawaii-based algal nutrition company Cyanotech Corporation has announced financial results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2019, ended September 30, 2018. For the second quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2018, net sales were $6,954,000 compared…

A Spirulina Snack Break

Courtesy of Health Magazine, here is an oatmeal breakfast bar recipe featuring spirulina powder, that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this healthy and delicious snack…

Can spirulina boost the immune systems of athletes?

Raymond Quan reports for Medicalnewsbulletin.com that researchers in Poland recently investigated whether using spirulina as a nutritional supplement can have a positive effect on the immune system of athletes. Strenuous exercise regimes of high-performance athletes may actually have a negative effect…

Mawae Morton new CEO for Cyanotech

Cyanotech Corporation has announced that its President, Mawae Morton, has been named as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the company, effective January 24, 2018. Mr. Morton replaces Founder and interim CEO, Dr. Gerry Cysewski, who will return to his role of Chief Scientific Officer… [Read the full story]

Fighting childhood malnutrition in Zambia with spirulina

Memory Maninga reports for Zambia Daily Mail that in Mansa, the capital of the Luapula Province of Zambia, spirulina is being grown in ponds in the communities because of its high medicinal and nutritional value. Zambia has in the recent past been importing spirulina from the United States. However, imported…

Mutaz Ghandour joins IIMSAM African spirulina initiative

In Africa, TradeArabia News Service reports that the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Microalgae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM) has appointed Mutaz Ghandour, chairman and CEO of Metito Holdings, a Goodwill Ambassador. “The objective of this institution is to eradicate malnutrition in Africa…

DIC spirulina farms earn certification

DIC Corporation has announced that on January 23, 2017, wholly owned subsidiary Hainan DIC Microalgae Co., Ltd. earned Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 — a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). As a result, all of the spirulina cultivated by the DIC Group for use in its spirulina-based products…

Spirulina promoted to fight malnutrition in India

The Times of India reports that nearly 56% of India’s population is malnourished, according to the World Food Programme report. This statistic was quoted by Dr. Ram Rajasekharan, director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research — Central Food Technological Research Institute…

Scottish scientists scaling up C-phycocyanin

Nutraceutical Business Review reports that Scottish research scientists are scaling the ability to produce large quantities of a blue pigment-protein called C-phycocyanin (C-PC) to be able mass produce a high-value natural blue dye for use in the food, pharmaceutical and other industries. Global demand for natural blue…

Health Canada approves three red/green algae products

BioAge, a wholistic health company that provides BioSuperfood products to the United States and Canada, has announced that Health Canada, under the Natural Health Products Regulations, has approved three BioSuperfood products for those looking for natural alternatives for their health needs. The algae…

Spirulina — from space to Congo

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti ate the first food containing spirulina in space. Ms. Cristoforetti is the seventh ESA astronaut and the first female ESA astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space. Preparing for long missions far from Earth, astronauts will need to harvest their own food…

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…

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…

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