The uses of seaweeds for food, health and body care, as well as a range of other industries, are increasing and with billions of dollars invested globally in developing these industries further.
The environmental and regulatory pressures for compliance to standards of practice and quality are as fundamental to the development of a sustainable seaweed industry in Britain as they are to any other sector of the economy.
Seaweeds can offer benefits of sustainability over terrestrial plants which include:
- No requirement for freshwater
- No competition for land used for other crops or for natural habitat
- In the UK, seaweed harvest is regulated to ensure sustainable practice
- Supporting local industries
As such, seaweeds can meet many of the regulatory, consumer and social responsibility aspirations of organisations and individuals.
Our work is to ensure this sustainable good practice can continue, and improve, as the seaweed industries grow around the world and increasing utilise cultivated seaweeds.
We work with organisations to help them understand and develop sustainable good practice, and the benefits seaweeds have in terms of environment, social and economic sustainability.
We lead the market with commercially focussed and independent research and information on the benefits of seaweeds in addressing market place health concerns, regulatory requirements and realising opportunities.
News & Events
BBC Radio 4 Food Programme: Seaweed, a forgotten food?
Sunday 6th May at 12.30, the Foundation is interviewed as part of this excellent programme...
Foundation's First Annual Conference 2012
The Foundation first Annual Members Conference at the Natural History Museum on April 3rd 2012
Seaweed listed as one of ten "life-changing ideas"
Seaweed as an alternative to salt - Ten life-changing ideas under research at UK universities and being delivered by our members