Could seaweed be the key to our energy future?
While humans continue to contribute to climate change and deplete fossil fuel sources, a new study suggests that the key to long-term environmentally friendly energy is seaweed. According to a report published by the leading journal Science, a team at the Bio Architecture Lab in Berkeley, California took seaweed and modified it with the common bacteria E. coli, producing ethanol.
This is exciting news in the scientific and transportation industry, as many scientists believe that, with the large amounts of seaweed in the world's oceans, the potential with this new-found energy source is endless. Scientists believe that, if used effectively, seaweed could be responsible for taking care of the energy demands of the world many times over. Countries with sizable coastlines, such as the United States, would be in a very good position in developing this low carbon-emitting fuel material.
Seaweed would also be a more effective fuel alternative than some other sources because, in comparison to biofuels such as sugar cane and corn, seaweed can produce up to four times as much ethanol per unit. Another added benefit is where seaweed itself is produced. Because it comes from the ocean, pieces of land would not have to be given up in order to harvest the biofuel. Recent studies have identified the use of farmable land to produce fuel sources instead of food as a source of higher food prices and continued environmental damage.
In addition to the potential of producing fuel that is healthy for the earth, seaweed is also healthy for a human being. With a plant this rich in vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, Seagreens® is a perfect, and simple, addition to your diet. Seagreens® is produced to Human Food Seaweed™ standards, which underpins its nutrition, safety, and sustainability.