11
JUN
2014
Dagsavisen. Photo from article, Wanda Nathalie Nordstørm.

Tid for Tare (Time for seaweed)

" - When I came home after several years in Asia, I became interested in how we can produce renewable energy. There is great demand by biomass in general, and when we know that we will have a larger population that will need more food, the question is how we should get the biomass from."

"The company has an approved patent for a seaweed cultivation method and have used many millions on research to make the product profitable. They have worked closely with SINTEF and other research institutions in Norway and abroad."

"On Dolmøy between Frøya and Hitra the company now builds a factory for processing and drying seaweed."

"The cultivation of seaweed can have a number of positive environmental consequences. (...) It's been calculated that kelp forests that have been grazed down to tie up 30-40 million tonnes of CO2 [and] can have a positive environmental impact on [fish] farms taking up nutrients that otherwise accumulate under the cages."

"Kelp can be an important source of income for many communities (...) giving opportunities for young people who want to start with something new. (...) Seaweed cultivation will become one of the biggest industries in Norway."

"Getting seaweed onto vegetable map must be a target. In a sustainability perspective, it is an absolutely wonderful product."

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