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How seaweed can save a village

How seaweed can save a village

From year to year, the seaweed industry seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. Not only has the global population become more familiar with the health benefits of this incredible and abundant sea vegetable, researchers are also discovering new ways to use it for building supplies, medical instruments, biofuel and more. Seaweed has even begun to make waves in the art world to boot!

While we can all benefit from eating more seaweed, there are some regions of the world that are particularly grateful for the booming popularity of the plant. Recently, The Economist showcased a group of Indonesian villages that are enjoying an economic renaissance thanks to this plant.

"Seaweed seemed an unlikely savior. But for 30-odd villages on Pulau Pantar, an island in the Alor archipelago of eastern Indonesia, it has been transformative," the source states. "At Desa Bana, a small settlement strung along a sloping white-sand beach, a handful of villagers began growing seaweed in 2007."

In this region, seaweed farming truly takes a village, as practically every local resident takes part in cultivating this plant. Demand for seaweed extracts like carrageenan continues to rise, so there is no shortage of export potential.

Seaweed is a complete wholefood that contains high levels of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. In addition, it grows up to five times faster than land plants, and doesn't require arable ground or freshwater to thrive. These attributes and more have established the plant as one of the most vital but often overlooked natural resources we have at our disposal today. 

Are you interested in reaping the benefits of seaweed for health? If so, look no further than Seagreens® for nutrient-rich seaweed that has been wild-harvested in Grade A pristine waters to Human Food Seaweed™ standards to ensure its nutritional value, traceability and sustainability. Try it as Food Capsules, The Mineral Salt and more.

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