Japanese Seaweed Drawing International Attention

 Seagriculture EU 2024

L​ong a common food staple in their culture, Japanese seaweed is now attracting international attention for its potential to become an eco-friendly supercrop. In this week’s video — produced by WION, an Indian multinational English language television news channel headquartered in New Delhi — the focus is on Japan’s expert development of seaweed applications far beyond their iconic edible varieties.

Research into new applications for kelp is flourishing worldwide, and Japan is keeping a sharp eye on the opportunities. From carbon absorption to reducing methane emissions from cattle, countries are looking to Asia’s savvy use of seaweed to develop their industries back home. Farms and plantations are increasingly using it as organic fertilizer. Studies have found that seaweed can help plants grow faster. Several recent studies have found that replacing a small part of a cow’s diet with a type of red seaweed reduced methane emissions by over 80 percent.

Researchers say seaweed farming could take pressure off the land and create jobs, while allowing nations to explore additional environmental benefits, from carbon capture to de-acidifying water. All of this is good news for Japan’s talented and experienced ocean farmers.

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