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The Organic Industry is Booming – Great News for Organic Seaweed!

The demand for organic produce across the world is increasing at an exciting rate! This is excellent news for our own organic seaweed. Here Doctor Seaweed® will explain why… Drivers for Organic Food Growth Figures from the Soil Association state that you can now buy organic products from over 8,000 outlets, including major retailers. Research carried out by the Soil Association, shows more and more people are questioning the origin of their foods, and have concerns around production and trusting ingredients. Clare McDermott, business development director for the Soil Association states there are three main drivers for organic food: ·         Innovative Products ·         Health and Wellbeing ·         Home Delivery McDermott, comments on these drivers. “There is a huge variety of interesting products coming to market, from nut butters and milks, to seaweed… Shoppers are looking for new and interesting food trends and organic is well placed to deliver these.” McDermott added, “The other major trend is health… consumers often see organic as a short cut to health, particularly with the nutritional research published by Newcastle University”. 82% of UK shoppers purchase at least one organic item per year, an increase on 76.5% in 2016. One organic sector that has grown substantially is organic baby food, which is a reflection on the perceived health of organic food. “Home delivery is one of the fastest-growing channels for consumers to buy organic, with much growth in the UK being led by Ocado and box schemes”. Waitrose along with other supermarkets are offering a diverse range of organic produce. However, discounters like Aldi and Lidl have less organic products and their emphasis is...

Seaweed Benefits for the UK with Research on Seaweed Farms

Seaweed Farming is the system of cultivating and harvesting of seaweed. This consists of controlling the life cycle of algae as much as you can. Oban is a resort town, located on Scotland’s West Coast. Up to 25,000 tourists a year visit. A trial began in April 2017, to farm seaweed near Oban. The trial site is being looked after by researchers from the world renowned Scottish Association for Marine Science at Oban. Why Oban? Seaweed isn’t just being explored in Oban it is also harvested throughout Scotland. The waters surrounding the Outer Hebrides in Scotland have been attributed to be some of the most pristine and unpolluted in the world. Hence they have been given the highest quality classification available by SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) to reflect this. Why Farm Seaweed: Seaweed Benefits for the UK The Global value of seaweed in 2014 was 6.4billion US dollars (~£5billion). The value exceeds that of the world’s lemons and limes! As a highly sustainable resource seaweed requires no land, freshwater or fertilizer to grow. Therefore some species of seaweed are even believed to grow up to 2 feet per day! Seaweed can be used to enhance nutrition and is naturally rich in Iodine (EU Approved Health Claim). Also seaweed may be used as a salt replacement for flavour and shelf-life extension. There are numerous uses of Seaweed. Animal fodder Biofuels Beauty products and most importantly… Food and health! These uses are globally relevant, and with here at home with seaweed benefits for the UK. Seaweed is thought to have been used by early Homo sapiens. Furthermore it was used...

Seaweed therapy saves the lives of a newborn and her mother — watch the amazing video

BBC News’ Sarah Corker reported on the incredible seaweed therapy which took place… Seaweed therapy helped to rescue the lives of both Rapeewan Parcell and her infant daughter after serious complications during the birth process. Follow the link below and watch the report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-20106804/seaweed-therapy-used-to-save-mother-and-baby Rapeewan, who lives in Bridlington with her husband, was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a potentially fatal condition which forms in the late stages of pregnancy. Symptoms include high blood pressure, swelling and protein in the urine. It affects around one in ten pregnancies, and the specific cause is still unknown. Rapeewan lost six pints of blood during the birth as a result of her pre-eclampsia, but healthcare professionals at Hull Royal Infirmary decided against conventional medication and chose instead to implement a pioneering treatment. This treatment was seaweed therapy. The seaweed therapy involved fibres from seaweed being used to stem the flow of Rapeewan’s bleeding — saving both her own life and her daughter’s life. This is a wonderful use of seaweed, and we’re so glad that Rapeewan and her daughter are both safe and well! Seaweed therapy is just one incredible way that seaweed can benefit us… There are many benefits to seaweed in terms of our nutritional health, as research has shown. These include seaweed acting as a healthy salt replacement, helping our cognitive development, managing our weight and blood sugar levels, and being a fantastic source of iodine. Iodine is an important nutrient for normal thyroid function. Many of us in the country suffer from an iodine deficiency, including 76% of school-aged girls in the UK. Research has even shown that for pregnant women, having a diet sufficient...