Reishi & Spirulina

A small-scale grower demonstrates the symbiotic relationship between microalgae and mushrooms…

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…

Chlorella vs. Spirulina

Bob McCauley, a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant who sells chlorella and spirulina on his web blog, addresses a common question among his clientele: spirulina or chlorella — which is the way to go? “The most powerful foods on earth are Spirulina Plantensis and Chlorella Pyrenoidosa…

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…

Spirulina Solution

“Africa 2030” is a grassroots organization, established in 2014, in Israel. Its members include an international group of people — African and non-African – who care deeply about Africa’s future and want to help both people and wildlife, which the organization sees as interconnected. The organizers believe there is only one long-term…

Cyanotech reports 2017 financial results

Kailua Kona-based Cyanotech Corporation has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017, ended March 31, 2017. For fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016, net sales were $32,042,000 compared to $31,840,000, an increase of 0.6%. Gross profit was $12,224,000, with gross profit margin…

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…

MERCOSUL award to Brazilian student for microalgae DC research

Ângelo Paggi Matos, a doctoral student from Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in Brasília, Brazil, has been awarded an honorable mention by MERCOSUL Science and Technology Awards — Category: Young…

Algae snacks on Shark Tank

If you’re a fan of the television show “Shark Tank”, you won’t want to miss the episode that airs this Friday, November 18th 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST on ABC Television, when Catharine Arnston, Founder/CEO of Boston’s ENERGYbits makes her pitch. Will the Sharks eat the algae? — or eat her alive?

Cyanotech reports upturn in spirulina sales

Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corporation has announced financial results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2017, ended September 30, 2016. For the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, net sales were a record $9,862,000 compared to $8,516,000…

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…

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…

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