A growing population and a changing consumer diet challenges us to radically change how we produce our food and feed resources. The urgency for this transition runs parallel with consumer trends to eat healthy and sustainably.
Seaweed fits perfectly in this new demand as it does not require farmland, fresh water or fertilizer. It takes up nutrients that would otherwise disappear into the oceans which makes it an important link in developing a circular economy. Moreover, seaweed converts the greenhouse gas CO2 into biomass and oxygen which helps counteract oceanic acidification and climate change.
To stimulate commercial activities around the Dutch North Sea and stimulate innovation in food and feed products the Wageningen University & Research and the North Sea Farm fdn work together in the Dutch ProSeaweed Knowledge & Innovation Programme, sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and industrial partners.
Wageningen University & Research focus on the knowledge and innovation activities in the whole supply chain whereas the North Sea Farm fdn acts as a platform for entrepreneurs, industry and seaweed stakeholders who are active in the seaweed sector.