COULD COP 26 GET US ALL EATING SEAWEED?
As COP26 draws nearer, the world's eyes (and stomachs) are turning towards more sustainable ways to eat in the future.
Here at Mara Seaweed, we’ve been waxing lyrical about seaweed, and its health and environmental benefits, for over a decade - but we’re more passionate than ever to tell the world exactly what makes seaweed a sustainable superfood.
Is seaweed good for the environment?
It’s an easy answer! Yes! Seaweed is good for the environment and our bodies. Like all plants, seaweed removes toxic gasses from the atmosphere such as CO2 and it’s even thought that seaweed is as ecologically relevant as the Amazon rainforest. In fact, kelp can absorb five times more CO2 than land plants, making it a significant player when it comes to detoxifying the world's oceans.
Seaweed also protects sea life, the ocean floor and coastal environments. Seaweed creates rich marine habitats for local seafood population, protects important ocean biodiversity and protects coastal water landscapes in storms and swells.
Seaweed is unlike other plants
Although we’re seaweed evangelists, it’s not an exaggeration to say that seaweed is unlike other plants. Seaweed is a super plant that doesn’t require any soil, watering, farming or fertiliser. It grows pretty much anywhere making it a great solution to climate change.
While normal plants get their nutrients through a root system, seaweed absorbs its nutrients through fronds. This is what allows seaweed to attach itself to rocks, enabling its leaf-like fronds to move in the water and gather nutrients.
Seaweed also grows at a much faster rate than land plants, which means with careful harvesting it can remove more CO2 from the atmosphere. Combine this with the great taste and health benefits and it’s easy to see how seaweed is the vegetable crop of the future.
How does seaweed help our environment?
The world has a lot of people to feed, all while keeping global temperatures as low as possible - that’s a tall order. However, seaweed actually removes carbon from the atmosphere while being easy and fast to grow.
Seaweed is a carbon negative protein source, offering global food manufactures a way to mitigate the use of heavier carbon proteins with a delicious plant based alternative.
Sustainable seaweed harvesting
So how do you harvest seaweed sustainably? Well, you can read all about our sustainable harvesting practices here. In short, we harvest seaweed from the waters around Scotland, taking care to let stocks replenish and maintain the ecosystem in the local area.
When it comes to harvesting, cutting leaves from the right part of the plant and at the right time in the life cycle supports speedy re-growth and provides generous yields, without extra resources.
Seaweed helps coastal communities
We’re incredibly proud of Mara’s sustainability to positively impact fragile rural communities. Mara employs fishermen and people from within small coastal locations to harvest our gift from the ocean.
Seaweed harvesting allows coastal communities who have often been dependent on currently declining traditional industries such as wild capture fisheries, to source new employment and income. This is better for the local economy and better for the environment.
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We firmly believe that seaweed is the sustainable food of the future. Not only because it tastes amazing, but because of its sustainable credentials. To be kept up to date with the latest news, follow us on social media.