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Why seaweed?

Such a comprehensive balance of nutrients is found in no other natural food but seaweed.

From the primordial ocean to the vegetation and animals which remain our food today, the continuous line of our nutritional composition can be traced back beyond the earliest organisms to the very chemistry of life itself, which is also the chemistry of the human body.

In the course of time, life forms evolved their own different diets and became increasingly specialised, excluding the need for this mineral or that protein, where before, even the most toxic of substances might have been tolerated by the organism.

Unlike land grown foods each of which have a little of what we need (which is why a varied diet is essential), seaweed is a whole food which perfectly compliments and completes land food nutrients.

The human body is perhaps the most complex achievement, its intricate design engineered over millenia to maintain the balance of nutrients required to maintain its overall equilibrium.

Seaweed, still absorbing all the nutrients from our mutual beginnings, contains a little of everything still needed by our bodies - a unique capacity to fill the many nutrient gaps in the very different foods we now eat, including land vegetables.

Seaweed is also a very sustainable food. Roughly 40% of our land surface is already used for food production.

The oceans are 7 times larger and seaweeds grow in al of them.

They need no fresh water, already in short supply; no soil, no fertilisers, and at least at Seagreens®, virtually no fossil fuels to produce them.

A number of species, on a large scale, can respond to the nutrient depletion in modern foods if carefully produced.

They can assist the body to rid itself of chemical food additives and environmental contaminants alike.

Foods which upset our nutritional homeostasis (eg. coffee, alcohol) or give rise to intolerances (eg. modified wheat), find their apotheosis in seaweed.

In this more settled but complex world, the balance of nutrients still does not return naturally to the soil, or the food we produce in it: it is certainly not helped by our erratic agricultural interventions.

This behoves us to play the role of responsible steward not just for our own good, but for the planet which is our home.

Ocean, earth, soil, food, body - we are still what we eat, and the nutritional value of our soil and food is undoubtedly in decline.

Thus biodynamic and organic composting, and feeding our livestock properly - the very best forms of husbandry - use certain seaweeds among their most significant inputs.

Not all seaweeds are suitable, and they must be fully understood and their composition known, but there are plenty to choose from.

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