Algae For Food and Feed Production
With an increasing world population of more than 60 million people per year, the demand for sustainable and efficient food and feed production is receiving more and more attention. The demand for food is increasing the strain on agricultural systems and this puts food security and food supply on the agenda. Food security is considered by many to be one of the major threats to mankind in the future.
One solution to the above is to increase the use of algae for food and feed production. By using algae there is no need to occupy fertile land. The advantage of using algae is that it grows incredibly fast and can grow in fresh, brackish, and even highly saline waters.
Today, different types of algae are already used for the extraction of fuels, oils, proteins, and food ingredients. However, the big breakthrough of using algae is yet to come. The reason for this is that one of the challenges with algae is the costs of the systems which are needed to cultivate it, harvest it, and extract the valuable ingredients from it.