Algae 101: Part 48

New medical research shows significant positive effect for omega-3 fatty acids ingested with several servings of fish per week or with daily omega-3 supplements. Studies report that children with a broad array of cognitive…

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…

Algae 101: Part 45

Recent breakthroughs in algae foods herald an exciting future for this apparently new but actually very old food category. Market demand keeps growing, functional foods continue expanding, and new algae food products are hitting the shelves..

Algae 101: Part 44

Algae’s dense nutrient set provides natural nutralence in foods. The prior Algae Industry Magazine, Algae 101 post noted that naturally nutralent foods are available today in the form of sea vegetables, microalgae powders and dried seaweed…

Algae 101: Part 43

Empty calories, while ubiquitous today, are so yesterday. Who would choose to eat foods with empty calories when they could discover foods with 100 to 300% more nutrients per bite? Algae-based foods can provide “nutralence” – high nutrient density…

Algae 101: Part 42

The classic Pete Seeger folk song Where have all the Flowers Gone? reports their “Long time passing.” We will see the long time passing of flowers, food crops and people unless we find solutions to phosphorus (P) scarcity….

Algae 101 Part 36

Industrial agriculture is highly sensitive to climate variability and weather extremes, such as droughts, floods, temperature spikes, and severe storms. Weather tolerant algae-based crops grown with abundance methods could provide…

Algae 101 Part 30

The last post summarized the fascinating research that suggests algae genes may help several million people who suffer from retina diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. The key element for resolving retina diseases is gene…

Algae 101 Part 29

Algae have 3.7 billion years of evolutionary experience with light. Since algae use light for energy, early algae evolved a gene that helped algae recognize the path toward light. Algae’s ability to recognize light offers several lines of fascinating research…

Algae 101 Part 25: Algae Industry Expansion from Social and Political Drivers

A variety of economic, social and health factors will accelerate algae industry growth. The rising cost of fossil foods, fuels, and fertilizers, while…

Algae 101 Part 24: Freedom MicroFarms with Algae Restructure Our Food Supply

Our society needs a free new, supplementary method for food production built on a sustainable foundation that frees growers from the risk of crop failure and…

Algae 101 Part 23: Obesity and Diabetes Moderation with Algae

Algae are the oldest photosynthetic organisms on Earth, having survived 3.7 billion years. This tiny plant developed incredible survival strategies in order to flourish through climatic cycles, temperature spikes…

Algae 101 Part 22—Can Algae Serve 100 Million Environmental Refugees?

Millions of environmental refugees will migrate from the food sparse south to north by 2020, fleeing food shortages sparked by climate change. The UN projects 50 million…

Algae 101 Part 21—Job Creation in the Algae Industry

Political, social and business leaders agree on relatively little but they are aligned in promoting job creation. President Obama holds high profile meetings with industry leaders such as…

Algae 101 Part 20—India’s Hard Lessons from GE Crops

Algae producers considering GE crops might learn from India’s lessons. India will overtake China as the largest population within the next decade and may have trouble supplying sufficient good food…

Abundance Food

Industrial agriculture produces fossil foods that break the nutrient cycle and force farmers to apply a new set of chemical fertilizers each year. The break wastes roughly half of the expensive fossil nutrients applied…

Algae 101 Part Eleven: Did Algae Make Us Human?

Algae saved our planet 3.5 billion years ago by transforming the hot and deadly CO2 and methane atmosphere to enough oxygen to support life. Only 2 million years ago, algae may have performed…

Algae 101 Part Nine: Algal Cultivation

Algae grow in open, closed or semi-closed systems in round, long or tubular tanks that maximize access of the entire biomass to sunlight. Growth occurs only in the top layer, about two inches, of the growing medium unless mixing occurs…

Algae 101 Part Eight: Algae Action—The Second Wave

The first wave of algal activity followed the OPEQ oil embargo that generated considerable R&D working towards energy independence. That first wave culminated in the birth of the Department of…

Algae 101 Part Two: What’s it all about Algae?

Algae may be humanity’s best friend. Algae can provide sustainable and affordable food and fuel, as well as ecological and novel solutions. Any food, fibers or materials that can be made from land-based crops…

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