Texas community learns to celebrate seaweed
Although the seaweed industry is expanding by leaps and bounds to meet the growing global demand for this nutrient-rich sea vegetable, there are still many people who remain oblivious to its many benefits. To those who are unaware of how seaweed can be used for biofuel, medical supplies and more, it's easy to write off the plant as unwanted refuse on their favorite beach.
One community in Texas is making great strides to teach residents to view seaweed in a whole new way. KTRH, a regional news outlet in the state, recently reported that the Galveston Park Board will be holding special events – including a seaweed art contest – to increase awareness and appreciation for the plant.
"[Seaweed is] a valuable component both when it's in the ocean and it serves as a habitat for marine life, and when it's on the beach and helps regenerate the beachfront," Park Board executive director Kelly de Schauner explained.
Beaches along the Texas coastline are eroding rapidly, KTRH noted, but seaweed can help offset this occurrence because it "makes it possible to create dunes."
So, in order for local residents to continue enjoying the beaches they love, it is essential that they also embrace the plantlife that helps them flourish.
In addition to supporting marine life and preserving these ecosystems, seaweed is also highly nutritious, and can even enhance the flavor of many foods. Seagreens® seaweed is wild-harvested in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, and can be enjoyed as Food Capsules, The Mineral Salt and the Culinary Ingredient, among other offerings.