A growing global demand for nutrition and high-quality resources challenges us to explore new methods of food production. Seaweed production does not require fresh water, fertilizer nor farmland. As such seaweed is a sustainable resource for healthy nutrition and adds to our food security for the European region. Seaweed converts the greenhouse gas CO2 into biomass and oxygen. This counters oceanic acidification and climate change. Also, the production fields, i.e. seaweed farms create excellent shelter and nurseries for juvenile fish and other organisms such as shellfish and crustaceans. Moreover, seaweed farming will enable multi-use with functions such as wind energy, fishery, shellfish cultivation, etc.
The Seaweed Platform is an initiative by the North Sea Farm foundation with the aim of enabling coalitions towards realising the seaweed economy in our region. Businesses, governments and research organisations will develop and promote using our oceans as a sustainable and local source of food, feed and biobased applications. The Seaweed Platform connects partners in agriculture, food, offshore and the maritime sector, matches business with public affairs and intensifies the dialogue with society on shaping new production chains.
About the North Sea Farm Foundation
The North Sea Farm Foundation is a non-profit organisation aimed at realising a sustainable seaweed sector in the region. The board of the foundation consists of Marcel Schuttelaar (Schuttelaar&Partners), Job Schipper (Hortimare) and Ton Menken (Menken van den Assem Fresh Food). Furthermore, the foundation has multiple ambassadors such as Tammo Bult (Director, Imares) and Pier Vellinga (Board member, Waddenacademie).
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